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Three children among five new COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson County

Five more Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including three younger than 10, Jackson County Public Health reported Wednesday.

That brings the county’s case total to 65.

The new cases stem “from people traveling, being around people who have symptoms of [COVID-19], and attending social gatherings, multiple families getting together,” said Tanya Phillips, county health promotion program manager. “Typical summer stuff.”

One of the 65 cases is presumptive, meaning the patient has not had the diagnosis confirmed through a test, though is symptomatic and has been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case. Forty-seven of the local patients have recovered, public health officials said. No COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in the county.

Health officials continue to urge area residents to take steps to mitigate the coronavirus’s spread, including staying close to home, staying at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you, and frequent, thorough hand-washing. Wearing a mask while out in public is also recommended to block respiratory droplets emitted by talking, coughing or sneezing. The mouth and nose should be fully covered, and the covering should fit snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps. Make sure it can be tied or secured so it doesn’t move around, and make sure you can breathe through it.

Jackson County's 18 active cases include five patients in their 20s, four in their 30s, two in their 40s, one in the 50-59 category, three in their 60s, and the three reported Wednesday who are younger than 10.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 71 new confirmed and presumptive cases statewide Wednesday but no deaths, bringing the total cases to 3,947 confirmed and 91 presumptive, with 148 deaths.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.