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Central Point ZIP code has seen most COVID-19 cases

The Central Point area — specifically the 97502 ZIP code — has had 13 cases of COVID-19, the most in Jackson County.

The 97504 ZIP code, which encompasses east Medford, has had 12 cases, while the 97520 area, which covers Ashland, has had 10.

West Medford (97501), White City (97503), Eagle Point (97524) and Talent (97540) have each had somewhere between 1 and 9 cases.

The Oregon Health Authority Tuesday started releasing the location of COVID-19 cases broken down by ZIP code, and Jackson County plans to start releasing similar data next week.

“We ... try to be in alignment with (OHA),” said Tanya Phillips, health promotion program manager for Jackson County Public Health. “Overall, I think it’s giving a bigger picture, a more accurate picture.”

If fewer than 10 cases have been confirmed in a particular ZIP code, OHA provides a range of “1-9” but does not specify the exact number, Phillips said.

Jackson County reported its 50th COVID-19 case Wednesday, snapping an 11-day streak in which no new cases were reported.

OHA reported two more deaths from the illness Wednesday, raising the state’s death toll to 115. Seventy new cases and seven presumptive cases were reported, pushing the statewide total to 2,916 cases.

A presumptive case is one in which a patient has not been tested but displays COVID-19-like symptoms and has come into contact with a confirmed case.

“Though not confirmed by a positive diagnostic test, presumptive cases have a high likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the specific nature of the symptoms and known exposure,” an OHA report said.

Jackson County Medical Director Dr. Jim Shames said presumptive cases would be switched over to the “confirmed” category if a test comes back positive.

Cases will stay in the presumptive category if a test comes back negative, Shames said, and patients will be advised to take precautions.

“It’s really a public health issue,” Shames said. “We would isolate them. We would try and make sure that they had as minimal contact with anyone as possible.”

The county reported that two more patients have recovered, pushing the number of recovered patients to 40.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.