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Jackson County reports one new virus case

Jackson County Public Health reported a new presumptive case of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the county’s total to 51.

State officials reported another death Monday, bringing the Oregon death toll to 138. Sixty-two confirmed cases and two presumptive cases were reported statewide Monday, giving Oregon 3,604 confirmed cases and 83 presumptive cases, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The first 50 cases in Jackson County were confirmed through tests, though the county’s first cases back in early March started as presumptive, said Tanya Phillips, county health promotion program manager.

State health officials decided earlier this month to start reporting presumptive cases, defined as a patient who has COVID-19 symptoms and has come in contact with a confirmed case of the illness. County officials have said that presumptive cases will be treated like confirmed cases, and patients will be asked to self-isolate.

Of Jackson County’s 51 cases, 43 have recovered. No county residents have died from the disease.