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Jackson County reports 80 new COVID-19 cases Monday

Jackson County Public Health reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, pushing the county total to 3,437, including 683 people still considered infectious (correction: see below.)

The county has seen 23 deaths and 233 hospitalizations from the illness.

Josephine County reported 42 new cases Monday, which shattered the previous daily record of 18, according to county officials. Of the county’s 449 total cases, 192 were considered infectious and were being actively monitored Monday, a news release said.

The Oregon Health Authority reported six more deaths and 1,174 new cases of the illness statewide, raising the state’s total to 66,333 cases and 826 deaths.

In Oregon, 456 people were hospitalized for the disease Monday, an increase of 44 from Friday. Of those in the hospital, 109 were in intensive care, up 18 since Friday.

Health officials continue to urge residents not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

“It is not ideal to have to cancel or change your holiday plans,” said Jackson County Medical Director Dr. Jim Shames. “But it is worth it to protect our friends, family and loved ones. When we travel, the virus travels too.”

Officials said that receiving a negative test result for the illness does not necessarily put an individual in the clear for travel, as it takes two to 14 days after exposure for the virus to become infectious.

“You can get a negative test result in the morning and become infectious that night,” a public health news release said.

Those who do travel should take precautions such as wearing a mask before and after a meal and limiting time spent indoors. Under Oregon’s statewide limits on gatherings, people are asked to limit groups to six people from no more than two households.

Correction: The number of infectious cases in the original story was incorrect. It has since been changed.