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Health officer to speak at Jeff Golden town hall Wednesday

Jackson County Medical Director Dr. Jim Shames will speak about the state of COVID-19 in Jackson County Wednesday during State Sen. Jeff Golden’s online press conference. Mail Tribune file photo.

Ashland’s state senator will host Jackson County’s medical director during an online town hall.

Dr. Jim Shames will speak on the current state of COVID-19 in Jackson County during State Sen. Jeff Golden’s online town hall at 5 p.m. Wednesday, to be conducted via Facebook and Zoom.

Sen. Golden will also provide updates about the Oregon Legislature’s special session and redistricting, and touch on Rogue Valley issues that include illegal cannabis grows and pending wildfire bills, according to Sarah Settimo, an in-district legislative aide for Golden.

The meeting will include an opportunity to submit questions to Sen. Golden and Dr. Shames.

The town hall is expected to last 90 minutes, and will include Spanish-language interpretation and closed captioning for the hearing impaired, according to Settimo. Interpretation will be done through a conference call line that will allow Spanish speakers to submit questions to the legislator in Spanish.

Find a link to Golden’s online town hall at Facebook.com/SenatorGolden.