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Jackson County sees two new COVID-19 cases

Two more Jackson County residents tested positive for COVID-19, and one has a presumptive case of the illness, Jackson County Public Health reported Friday.

That brings the county’s number of confirmed cases to 53 and the presumptive cases to two, public health officials said. Of those, 46 patients have recovered, the county reported Wednesday. There have been no deaths from the disease in the county.

Of the nine remaining cases — seven confirmed and two presumptive — still being monitored, three patients are in their 20s, three are in their 30s, one is in their 50s, and two are in their 60s, public health data show.

Public health officials said they expect to see cases increase during phase one reopening efforts and urged residents to continue taking proper precautions, including physical distancing, frequent and thorough hand washing, and wearing a mask in public.

“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,” public health officials said in a news release. “Therefore, there is still a risk for people to become ill with COVID-19 and pass the illness on to others.”

Two more Oregonians died from the disease, raising the death toll to 147, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.

Statewide, 45 new confirmed cases and three presumptive cases were reported, pushing the number of confirmed cases in the state to 3,770 with 94 presumptive cases.