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Sunday nets 37 new cases in Jackson County

Jackson County reported 37 new confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the local total to 2,843 cases with 10 fatalities. A total of 772 cases are considered actively infectious and 191 people have been hospitalized to date. The county remains under a “pause” on social activities since Nov. 11, implemented by Gov. Kate Brown.

Beginning Wednesday, a statewide two-week “freeze” will begin, lasting at least until Dec. 2. Freeze measures limit indoor and outdoor social gatherings to six people or fewer from a maximum of two households. Faith-based organizations may gather in groups of 25 people indoors or twice as many outdoors. Food and beverage businesses are restricted to takeout and delivery services only. Gyms, fitness organizations, indoor recreational facilities, museums, entertainment centers, zoos, gardens, aquariums, pools and sports courts will close. Grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores will reduce capacity to 75% and encourage curbside pickup. Freeze measures require all businesses to implement work-from-home schedules whenever possible and close offices to the public. Indoor long-term care facility visits are prohibited.

Current health protocols for barber shops, salons, massage therapy, congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation, youth programs, child care, K-12 schools and sports, Division 1 professional athletics and higher education remain unchanged.

Health officials recommend increasing indoor ventilation, wearing masks, limiting guest numbers and practicing physical distancing during holiday and winter gatherings. Oregon, California and Washington state governors have issued travel advisories, urging recently returned out-of-state travelers to self quarantine for 14 days and others to stay local and avoid all non-essential travel. The state reported 868 new confirmed and presumptive positive cases and two additional deaths Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 56,880 cases with 761 fatalities.