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Jackson County sees COVID-19 outbreaks in schools, nursing homes

North Medford High School recently reported 15 cases of COVID-19 among students. File photo
Data show vaccination slashed nursing home death rate

The Oregon Health Authority recorded COVID-19 cases scattered across work sites, nursing homes, child care centers and schools in Jackson County in its latest weekly outbreak report.

With eight reported COVID-19 cases, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is the only business or government agency in the county with a reported outbreak, according to the report.

To protect privacy, OHA only reports outbreaks involving at least five cases at work sites with at least 30 workers.

Eight Jackson County nursing homes and retirement communities had outbreaks that together totaled 45 cases, OHA said.

The cases were at Lakeland Senior Living (four cases), Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (nine cases), Brookdale Ashland (three cases), Avamere at Three Fountains (three cases), Avamere at Waterford Assisted Living Facility (three cases), Bonaventure of Medford Assisted Living (four cases), Rogue Valley Manor (six cases) and Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley (three cases).

Although the nursing homes are reporting cases, they didn’t have new COVID-19-related deaths, according to the OHA weekly report.

Across the U.S., COVID-19 vaccination is slashing the death rate among nursing home residents, who tend to be among the most vulnerable because of age and health problems.

Before widespread vaccination and booster shots, 34,094 nursing home residents had COVID-19 the week of Dec. 20, 2020, and 6,219 residents died from the illness, according to the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living that represent 14,000 nursing homes.

After widespread vaccination and even with the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus, 32,061 nursing home residents had COVID-19 during the week of Jan. 9 of this year and only 645 died from COVID, the association and center said.

Among child care settings, the OnTrack Rogue Valley HOME/Mom’s Program reported an outbreak of four cases, and Rainbow’s End Early Learning Center reported six cases.

OHA only releases data on child care settings with least two COVID-19 cases and a capacity of at least 16 students.

Jackson County K-12 schools reported 168 cases across 49 schools. The largest outbreak was at North Medford High School and involved 15 students. Schools with cases were:

Helman Elementary (four students), Sacred Heart Catholic School - Medford (one adult), The Siskiyou School (one student), St. Mary’s School (eight students), Washington Elementary School (three students, one adult), Logos Public Charter School (one student, one adult), Central Point Elementary (one student), Oak Grove Elementary School (one adult), Orchard Hill Elementary (one student), Armadillo Technical Institute (one student), Ashland High School (six students), Hoover Elementary School (seven students, one adult), Howard Elementary School (three students, two adults);

Kennedy Elementary School (two students), Lone Pine Elementary (four students, one adult), Rogue River Junior/Senior High School (four students, one adult), White Mountain Middle School (two students, one adult), Willow Wind K-8 (four students), Eagle Point High School (two students), Griffin Creek Elementary (four students, one adult), Mae Richardson Elementary School (four students), North Medford High School (15 students), Rogue River Elementary School (three adults), The Valley School of Southern Oregon (two students), Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (two students, one adult), Jacksonville Elementary School (three students, one adult);

Phoenix Elementary School (five students, one adult), Phoenix High School (one student, three adults), Talent Elementary School (two adults), Talent Middle School (two students, one adult), Walker Elementary School (two students), Wilson Elementary School (one student, one adult), Ashland Middle School (two students), Hanby Middle School (two students, one adult), Crater High School (five students, one adult), Table Rock Elementary School (four students), Hedrick Middle School (five students), Jackson Elementary School (one student)

Roosevelt Elementary School (seven students), Shady Cove School (two students), McLoughlin Middle School (one student, one adult), Bellview Elementary School (one student), Cascade Christian High School (one student), Crater Lake Charter Academy (one student), South Medford High School (seven students), Jefferson Elementary School (one adult), Scenic Middle School (two students, one adult), Jewett Elementary (one student) and Rogue Valley Adventist School (two students).

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.