MEDFORD, Ore. — Local public health officials began announcing new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in southern Oregon and northern California as of Friday, May 22. Numbers from each individual county will be updated below as soon as NewsWatch 12 receives their latest figures.
On Saturday, Jackson County Public Health reported two newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the toal in the county to 57. On Friday May 22, the county announced two new cases, and one presumptive case.
Of the 57 total cases, Jackson County says that at least 46 have fully recovered.
“As people begin staying home less and attend gatherings, it is important to understand that the virus has not been eliminated, and there is no vaccine available to prevent people from getting this infection,” health officials said in a statement. “Therefore, there is still a risk for people to become ill with COVID-19 and pass the illness on to others. Jackson County Public Health expects to see an increase in COVID-19 cases as people begin to move around more.”
Jackson County Public Health recommended that everyone continue to act in order to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Everyone taking preventative action will help to protect the health and wellness of the community and it will also help keep Jackson County open,” officials said.
Klamath County Public Health last reported one new “presumptive” case in the county on May 12, later adjusting the County total to 41. Importantly, County officials also reported that 33 of those cases have recovered and are no longer active.
“Going forward, Klamath County’s total cases will include both confirmed and presumptive numbers,” the public health agency said. “Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. Presumptive cases are counted in the county’s positive case tally.”
Josephine County Public Health officials have not reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 in several weeks, leaving the county total of confirmed cases at 21, although it has continued to report four “presumptive” cases. Of all those cases, 24 are considered recovered.
“Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present with COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient,” Josephine County said. “If an individual with a presumptive case tests positive for COVID-19, that case will be moved from the ‘presumptive’ tally to the ‘confirmed’ tally. However, if an individual with a presumptive case tests negative for COVID-19, that case will remain in the ‘presumptive’ tally.”
The county marked the first death attributed to the virus in southern Oregon on April 11, an 81-year-old man.
As of Thursday morning, a total of 2,071 COVID-19 test results from Josephine County have returned negative.
Five of Curry County’s five confirmed cases have reportedly recovered as of April 29. There is currently one active case in the county.
Siskiyou County officials say that there remain six confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, and five of those people have since recovered from the illness.
There have been a total of 1,308 negative test results, and 64 tests remain pending.
Total number of cases (presumptive and confirmed) by county for the southern Oregon and Siskiyou County region:
- Jackson: 57 (46 recovered)
- Klamath: 41 (33 recovered)
- Josephine: 25 (24 recovered)
- Lake: 0
- Curry: 6 (5 recovered)
- Siskiyou: 6 (5 recovered)