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Jackson County sets weekly COVID-19 case record

Local hospitalizations dip slightly from last week’s record

Jackson County passed 200 COVID-19-releated deaths over the weekend, as local health officials reported 484 coronavirus cases and three deaths.

The new cases also contributed to a record week for Jackson County.

There were 1,947 new COVID-19 cases recorded between Sunday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 29, according to a Jackson County Public Health release. The new record surpasses the 1,555 cases that were reported the week of Aug. 8. Prior to August, the week of Nov. 29 held the record with 557 new cases.

Jackson County Health and Human Services states that it likely won’t be able to conduct all contract tracing, and instead recommends that anyone who tests positive isolate immediately and notify close contacts that they need to quarantine for 14 days.

Anyone who was in close contact with a COVID-19 case should seek testing if they develop symptoms. To find a COVID-19 test, dial 211 or see govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-testing.

The new cases brought Jackson County’s case log to 18,224, and Jackson County’s death toll up to 202.

The latest deaths were those of a 65-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 3 and died Saturday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 74-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 12 and died Thursday at RRMC and a 92-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 18 and died Thursday at Providence Medford Medical Center. Each of the three patients had underlying health conditions that contributed to their deaths.

As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, there were 205 COVID-positive patients in Jackson and Josephine County hospitals, according to local health officials. The number is a slight dip from the hospital region’s record of 221 patients set Wednesday. There are 58 Southern Oregonians in intensive care units.

The numbers do not reflect admissions per day nor the length of hospital stays, state and local health officials say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people not to use the drug ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. Ivermectin lotions meant for skin parasites should not be swallowed, nor should humans consume veterinary formulations, which may contain additive ingredients not reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Although the FDA has approved the drug in tablet form for certain parasite infections, officials say the drug has not been proven to prevent or treat COVID-19 and that the medication is linked to potential digestive and central nervous system side effects.

Some of those effects can include headaches, blurred vision, fast heart rates and low blood pressure. At higher doses, side effects can include tremors, seizures, hallucinations, balance and coordination issues, decreased alertness and coma, according to Jackson County Public Health. Anyone experiencing such symptoms should call the Oregon Poison Center hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or seek medical advice.

Jackson County Public Health says that the recommended ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and wear face coverings when outside the home. For information on places to get vaccinated, visit the Oregon Health Authority’s vaccine finder website at govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine.