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Jackson County reports 13 new COVID-19 cases

Jackson County Public Health reported 13 new COVID-19 cases today and is encouraging locals to be thoughtful in how they plan gatherings during Labor Day weekend.

The new cases raise the total number of reported cases in the county to 895, including 175 active infectious cases. Additionally, there have been 122 cases reported in the past seven days, a 6% decrease. Also, public health officials are reporting a 7.1% test positivity rate in the past seven days.

According to the county’s Sunday COVID-19 update, “activities that take place outdoors that allow for enough room to maintain physical distancing and involve fewer people are lower risk activities compared to activities that take place indoors that do not allow for physical distancing and involve more people,”

Of the Jackson County cases considered active infectious, 42 are people between the ages of 20 and 29, the most of any age group. Also, there are 31 people in their 30s considered active infectious, 25 in their 40s, 20 between ages 10 and 19, and 20 in their 50s.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 190 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 today and another death, bringing the total to 28,044 cases and 481 deaths.

The state’s latest novel coronavirus victim was an 89-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 5. He had underlying conditions.