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Jackson County adds 31 cases, removes 2

Jackson County Public Health reported 31 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, and removed two previously reported cases from the county’s cumulative total.

That’s the second-highest daily number of cases since the pandemic began. Wednesday’s count of 36 cases is the highest.

The county now sits at 1,584 cases. Of those, 218 people are considered infectious. There have been 112 hospitalizations and six deaths in the county from the illness.

One case was subtracted from Jackson County data “due to the transfer of a case to another jurisdiction.” The other change came from “reclassifying a case to a no case,” according to a press release.

Tanya Phillips, health promotion program manager, said one case was found to not meet the definition of a presumptive positive case — meaning the person did not have a positive RT-PCR, NAAT or antigen test but showed COVID-19 symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case.

Phillips said misidentified presumptive positives have not presented a notable problem, but this case “does highlight the importance of case investigation and contact tracing.”

“Case investigation and contact tracing remain an important public health tool to identify people who have the infections, where they were exposed and who may have been exposed to them while they were sick,” she continued. “This does not happen too often, but it does happen, and we do communicate those changes.”

The Oregon Health Authority reported 11 more deaths statewide from the disease Thursday, raising Oregon’s death toll to 646. The agency also reported 373 new cases, raising the state’s total to 40,810 cases.