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Events across southern Oregon canceled or postponed over coronavirus concerns

A growing list of events have been canceled or postponed because of COVID-19 — some out of an abundance of caution, and some because of restrictions now in place from state officials.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 4:31 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 2:50 PM

As the number of coronavirus cases in the United States approached 1,000 on Tuesday, officials continued to clamp down on large public gatherings.

"I would encourage any individual who is elderly or is medically fragile to think long and hard about going into any large gathering that would involve close quarters and potential spread," US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.


(Photo courtesy Oregon Cheese Guild / Facebook)

Even earlier this week, the warning had some event organizers to canceled or postpone events in southern Oregon. But on Wednesday night, Governor Kate Brown issued restrictions that effectively ban all events of 250 people or more.

Precautions over COVID-19 have also prompted many public-facing organizations to close up shop for a period of time.

For information on what local schools are doing — including the cancelation of "non-essential" events and other precautions — visit our article here.


CANCELED:


  • 2020 Pear Blossom Festival has been canceled — including the parade, street fair, and other events.
  • Rotary Club of Ashland has canceled the 62nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Lithia Park scheduled for Sunday, April 12.
  • Jackson County Library Services will close down 13 of its 15 branches beginning March 16. The Ashland and Medford branches only will be open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • All four Josephine Community Library locations will close down beginning March 16 until further notice.
  • The Oregon Historical Society will close to the public from March 14 until March 30, with all public programs canceled or postponed all public programs through April 12, while school tours will be suspended through April 17.
  • The Klamath County Fairgrounds is canceling any events likely to bring in 250 people or more.
  • The Ross Ragland Theater will either cancel or reschedule shows on a case-by-case basis.
  • Kid Time Children's Museum will close "pending further recommendations."
  • The Oregon Vortex & House of Mystery in Gold Hill will close down for 30 days from March 16 until April 14.
  • Jackson County Expo: Rogue Canine Agility, Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral, J&C Auctions, and the Jackson County Master Gardener's Spring Fair are canceled. The upcoming Barnstormers event is still to be determined.
  • Chamber Music Concerts has canceled performances by the Faure Piano Quartet on April 3 and 4 at the Oregon Center for the Arts. A performance scheduled on April 24 by Brooklyn Rider and Martin Hayes is still scheduled at this time.
  • Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) has canceled its Entrepreneur Expo, originally scheduled for March 21 at Inn at the Commons in Medford.
  • The Klamath Basin Home & Outdoor Expo will not be held this weekend as planned. Organizers say they are getting in touch with vendors in order to figure out next steps.
  • The Ashland Independent Film Festivalwill not take place on April 16-20 as originally planned, the organization said. They are working on an alternative plan.
  • The Craterian says it will cancel (or postpone when possible) all events at the Collier Center over the next four weeks. The box office will be reaching out to ticket holders to offer refunds or ticket transfers.
  • The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has canceled all shows through April 8. People can start calling the Box Office March 16 to sort out ticket issues.
  • 2020 Crabfest hosted by Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs. The event was supposed to be March 14. 
  • Medford Kiwanis Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Event was supposed to be the day before Easter.
  • The Josephine Shrine Circus at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, set for March 12, has been cancelled due to the Governor's four-week ban on large gatherings.
  • Camelot Theatre: The theatre is shutting down until April 8th. All performances are canceled including this weekend (3/14-3/15) 
  • Ashland Community Peace Meal in Ashland, Oregon is canceled. It was suppose to take place Sunday, March 22nd. 

POSTPONED:


  • The Arc Jackson County has postponed its Live to Dance event, scheduled for March 14, until a later date (to be determined).
  • Ashland New Plays Festival has postponed the staged reading of Callie Kimball's play Perseverance, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4. It will be rescheduled for the summer, with more details to come.
  • Women's March Southern Oregon: Event was originally scheduled for March 29. A new date has not been set. Organizers say it will be sometime in the fall. 
  • ACCESS Senior Fair: Event was originally scheduled for March 17. It will now be held Tuesday, April 28. It will still be at the Medford Armory.
  • 2020 Oregon Cheese Festival: Originally scheduled for March 14 and 15, it will now take place from June 20 to 21.
  • Rogue Valley Food & Wine Classic: Orginially scheduled for April 3, it will now take place October 16. 

ELSEWHERE IN OREGON AND BEYOND:


Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 10395

Reported Deaths: 215
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah252969
Marion166148
Washington162020
Clackamas86125
Umatilla7726
Union3561
Lincoln3464
Lane2283
Deschutes2210
Malheur2161
Polk16012
Linn1579
Jackson1520
Yamhill1398
Jefferson1340
Klamath1301
Morrow1071
Benton955
Hood River940
Wasco941
Josephine561
Clatsop540
Douglas510
Columbia420
Coos420
Lake210
Tillamook150
Crook130
Wallowa100
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman30
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 271035

Reported Deaths: 6441
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1165703534
Riverside20555486
Orange17882366
San Diego16726387
San Bernardino15345269
Imperial7190117
Alameda6855140
Fresno611077
Santa Clara5408164
Kern536982
Tulare5009136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento423669
San Francisco399250
Contra Costa387885
Ventura378950
San Mateo3599108
Santa Barbara326129
Marin280921
Kings267333
Stanislaus266045
Monterey215115
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer91111
San Luis Obispo7652
Yolo67726
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4593
Napa4364
San Benito2732
Sutter2523
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1544
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Yuba1282
Glenn1220
Lake961
Tehama881
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono471
Tuolumne430
Amador330
Inyo331
Siskiyou320
Mariposa311
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
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