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Jackson County reports 59 COVID-19 cases

Jackson County Public Health reported 59 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the local total to 2,900 cases and 10 fatalities.

Nearly 450 of new cases were reported within the last week. A total of 800 cases are considered infectious and 202 people have been hospitalized to date.

The state reported 781 new confirmed and presumptive positive cases and four additional deaths Monday, bringing statewide totals to 57,646 cases and 765 fatalities.

Looking ahead to the beginning of the statewide two-week freeze on social activities Wednesday, the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association issued an announcement detailing its frustration with indoor and outdoor dining closures, when fewer than 1% of COVID-19 cases identified by the Oregon Health Authority have been associated with restaurants.

“Our industry, along with the fitness industry, are the official targets of the latest directives from Governor Brown’s office,” said Jason Brandt, President and CEO of the ORLA. “We desperately need an explanation, and we are not getting straight answers. If 0.76% of active workplace outbreaks represent a need to shut down an entire industry, we have a real time crisis in how we are making regulatory decisions as a state.”

In her official announcement, Brown attributed the freeze measures to “alarming” virus spread numbers and reports of hospitals at near-capacity across the state. As restaurants return to takeout services and retail store capacity drops to 75%, she urged residents to continue supporting local businesses.