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Jackson County reports 42 new COVID-19 cases

Jackson County reported 42 new COVID-19 cases Friday and no COVID-19 related deaths.
County records no new COVID-19 deaths

Jackson County reported 42 new COVID-19 cases Friday and no COVID-19-related deaths.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 834 new cases Friday and 25 more deaths.

Jackson County Public Health officials noted that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now encouraging everyone 16 and older to get a COVID-19 booster shot.

Teens ages 16-17 should get a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine six months after completing their initial two-dose vaccine series, the CDC advises.

Adults 18 and older should get a booster shot of any brand of COVID-19 vaccine six months after completing a two-dose Pfizer series or a two-dose Moderna series, or two months after receiving a one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot.

COVID-19 shots have been widely available to Americans 12 and older this year. Eligibility was recently expanded to kids 5-11 using a pediatric dose of the vaccine that is one-third the strength of the dose for people 12 and older.

Initial research shows booster shots increase protection against the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus that recently emerged in southern Africa and is now spreading across the globe, the CDC said.

As of this week, cases of COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant haven’t been detected yet in Oregon, according to OHA.

Although the omicron variant appears to be contagious, scientists are still studying whether the variant causes more severe illness than other variants.

The highly contagious delta variant triggered a COVID-19 surge in the Rogue Valley this summer and fall.

The number of shots delivered in Oregon has been rising as more people get booster shots. Some people are getting COVID-19 shots for the first time, but in lower numbers than those getting booster shots, OHA data show.

In Jackson County, 66.8% of people 18 and older have been vaccinated against COVID-19, putting it in the middle of the pack among Oregon counties. Statewide, 79.6% of people 18 and older have been vaccinated, according to OHA data updated Friday.

Across Oregon, 25.2% of adults have received a booster shot, data show.

Statewide, 70% of people of all ages in Oregon are vaccinated, and 57.9% of Jackson County residents of all ages are vaccinated, according to OHA data.

For information on where to get vaccinated for free in Jackson County, visit jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments/where-to-get-vaccinated-in-jackson-county.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.