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55 new COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson County

Jackson County reported 55 new confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the local total to 3,357 cases with 23 fatalities. A total of 870 cases are considered actively infectious and 230 people have been hospitalized to date.

As the state reports “accelerating spread” of the coronavirus to all corners of Oregon, Jackson County has issued recommendations for alternative Thanksgiving plans. Celebrating virtually or with only members of one household poses the lowest risk for spread, according to a county press release.

A household is defined as those who live and share common space in a housing unit, whether family members, roommates or other unrelated regular inhabitants. College students returning home for the holidays are considered members of a separate household. Public health recommends getting a flu shot prior to participating in holiday activities.

“In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk,” according to Jackson County Public Health.

The state reported 1,517 new cases and one additional death Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 65,170 cases with 820 fatalities.