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Southern Oregon in period of 'rapid community spread'

Two more Josephine County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s running total Monday to 10, according to a news release.

Jackson County reported a single new case Monday, bringing the county’s running total to 20, according to data from Jackson County Public Health.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 606 positive cases statewide Monday, with 16 deaths.

In Oregon, 12,883 people have been tested, health officials said, adding that Jackson and Josephine counties have entered the phase of rapid community spread of the disease.

Health officials urged locals to continue to utilize social distancing as a means to mitigate further spread.

“It is best that everyone be cautious and not assume that one location is safer than another,” says Jackson Baures, Jackson County Public Health Division Manager. “COVID-19 is spreading in our community, and this is why practicing social distancing that includes staying home and minimizing outings is so critical right now.”