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Jackson County COVID-19 numbers see dip Monday

Jackson County and Oregon finally saw a drop Monday in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported, with the lowest numbers seen in several weeks.

Jackson County Public Health reported six new cases Monday, pushing the local total to 811 cases.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 162 new cases and one new death Monday. The state’s COVID-19 total is now 26,713 cases, with 459 deaths.

Jackson County remains one of six counties on the governor’s Watch List, instituted because of a steep increase last month in sporadic cases, or cases that can’t be traced to a known source. The county will remain on the list for at least Sept. 11. If conditions do not improve — or if they worsen — it could revert back to previous reopening phases.

County health officials asked residents to remain vigilant as the Labor Day weekend approaches. Gatherings should not exceed 10 people, and officials urged people to hold gatherings outside, allowing for more physical distancing.

Other guidance includes wearing a mask, frequent, thorough hand-washing or use of hand sanitizer.

“During and afterward, thoroughly clean all frequently touched areas your guests had access to,” a county news release said.

In Jackson County, 204 people are considered infectious, and 65 people have been hospitalized. Two deaths from the illness have been reported in Jackson County.