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Jackson County sets daily COVID-19 case record

Jackson County reported 17 new COVID-19 cases Friday, marking the highest single day record for the county since the pandemic began.

The previous record was 16 cases on July 19.

The new cases bring the total number of reported cases to 352 in Jackson County, with one death. Of the 352 cases, 106 remain active.

Jackson County will also set a weekly record this week, with 76 cases as of Friday.

Last week, the county recorded 56 cases for the entire week. The week before, it had 48 cases.

Josephine County also reported its second COVID-19 death Friday.

A 33-year old man died July 29 at the Asante Regional Medical Center in Medford, according to Josephine County health officials. He had tested positive July 18 at the Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

The man was not a Josephine County resident and had been traveling through the area when he tested positive.

Josephine County has had 101 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, 42 of which are active.

An 81-year-old man died of COVID-19 on April 10 in Josephine County.

Oregon reported 373 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, bringing the state total to 18,492 on Friday.

COVID-19 claimed six more lives in Oregon, bringing the state’s death toll to 322.

Jackson County Public Health officials are stressing the importance of people taking preventative action to limit the spread of the virus. Steps include physical distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands and frequently disinfecting surfaces that are touched often.

Risk increases the more people interact with others outside their own households, with the risk also rising the longer they spend time together, officials said.

Outdoor activities that allow for physical distancing between people represent a lower risk compared to indoor activities without physical distancing among more people.

People should stay home if they feel sick, have a pending COVID-19 test or have underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness or death.

If you host a gathering, provide hand sanitizer or give people easy access to places where they can frequently wash their hands. Adjust food offerings to avoid shared utensils, offer individual servings and don’t share drinks. Wear a face covering if you can’t maintain 6 feet of physical distancing, officials advise.

Scientific research clearly shows wearing a mask slows the spread of the virus.

Before and after a gathering, thoroughly clean all frequently touched surfaces guests can access, officials said.

Statewide, face coverings are required in indoor public spaces. They are also required in outdoor public spaces where physical distancing isn’t possible. Oregon masking requirements apply to everyone age five and older.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

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