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Jackson County reports 13 new cases of COVID-19 Friday

Jackson County Public Health reported 13 more cases of COVID-19 on Friday, pushing the county’s total to 775. Of those cases, 218 are considered infectious.

Jackson County is one of six counties in Oregon that remain on a state watch list, prompted by a recent surge in “sporadic” cases that can’t be traced back to a known source.

Counties are added to the watch list when there is a rate of 50 sporadic cases or more per 100,000 people and when the county has more than five sporadic cases over a two-week period. From Aug. 2-16, Jackson County had 118 sporadic cases, or a rate of 53.3 per 100,000 people, according to Tanya Phillips, Jackson County health promotion program manager.

While on the watch list, “the Oregon Health Authority increases monitoring and communication, and deploys additional technical assistance and resources, such as epidemiological support, case investigation and contact tracing help,” according to a news release.

Counties stay on the watch list for at least three weeks and are removed when sporadic cases drop back below the state benchmarks. On Friday, Gov. Kate Brown removed Hood River and Multnomah counties from the list. Jackson, Umatilla, Baker, Jefferson, Malheur and Morrow counties remained.

The 97501 ZIP code has continued to see the most new cases in the county. From Aug. 19-26, the west Medford ZIP code added 69 cases, raising the total 260.

The 97504 ZIP code (east Medford) was a distant second for the same period, adding 21 cases for a total of 132.

The 97502 ZIP code (Central Point) saw 17 new cases, increasing its total to 79.

A map of all county ZIP codes and associated case counts can be viewed online at https://bit.ly/3b7eqZi.

OHA reported 301 new cases statewide Friday, with nine more deaths, pushing the totals to 26,055 cases and 447 deaths.