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Two patients in their 20s among newest COVID-19 cases

Jackson County Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, including two people in their 20s, increasing the county total to 19 confirmed cases.

The new cases included the youngest local victims since the county began specifying age ranges Friday, March 27 — two novel coronavirus patients between the ages of 20 and 29. The six new cases were an even gender split with three men and three women. Also, one was between the ages of 50-59, one 60-69 and two 70-79.

There has yet to be a COVID-19-related death in Jackson County. Statewide, there were 548 cases and 13 deaths as of 8 a.m. Sunday, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Ashland Community Hospital has been designated as an isolation hospital that will care for COVID-19 patients who need hospitalization, local doctors said.

Jackson County announced on Saturday that it would be reporting cases as quickly as possible, which is why OHA’s daily report may not always match Jackson County’s.

Jackson County Health Officer Dr. Jim Shames stressed in the latest news release that how strictly the public follows recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and travel restrictions will be crucial in the coming days.

“How well we isolate ourselves now will determine how much illness we have next week,” he said.

Jackson County Public Health is advising people to stay at home, stay at least six feet away from others when out, and avoid gathering in groups and play dates for kids.

“It is critical that as a community, we do our part by practicing social distancing and staying home to protect ourselves, our family, friends and neighbors,” Jackson County Health Promotion Manager Tanya Phillips said.

According to OHA’s latest figures, Washington County, with 154 cases, and Marion County (109) are the only two counties in Oregon with over 100 cases. There are 91 cases in Multnomah County, 39 in Clackamas County and 36 in Linn County.