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COVID-19 outbreaks widespread in schools, nursing homes

COVID-19 outbreaks are widespread in Jackson County nursing homes, retirement communities and schools, according to the Oregon Health Authority’s weekly report. File photo
Dozens of outbreaks reported in Jackson County

The Oregon Health Authority recorded COVID-19 cases scattered across work sites, nursing homes, child care centers and schools in the Rogue Valley in its latest weekly outbreak report.

Some of the active outbreaks saw their first cases back in January.

Among Jackson County workplaces, WinCo Foods had an outbreak involving seven people, according to OHA data.

Workplace outbreaks were much more common in Josephine County, despite its smaller population.

Workplaces with outbreaks were Walmart Supercenter (86 cases), Josephine County Jail (43 cases), American Medical Response ambulance company (20 cases), Masterbrand Cabinets (20 cases), WinCo Foods (14 cases), Rural Metro Fire Department (nine cases) and ReadyRide (six cases.)

To protect privacy, OHA only reports outbreaks involving at least five cases at work sites with at least 30 workers. The outbreak numbers can include family members and other close contacts.

Jackson County nursing homes and retirement communities had widespread outbreaks.

Facilities with outbreaks were Lakeland Senior Living (15 cases), Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (53 cases, two deaths), Ridgeview Assisted Living Facility (23 cases), Brookdale Ashland (11 cases, one death), Avamere at Three Fountains (43 cases), Avamere at Waterford Assisted Living Facility (17 cases, one death), Bonaventure of Medford Assisted Living (11 cases), Skylark Assisted Living (21 cases, one death), The Springs at Veranda Park (nine cases), Farmington Square Medford (17 cases), West Wind ECU (four cases), Linda Vista Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (14 cases), Rogue Valley Manor (12 cases), Celia's House in Holmes Park (nine cases), Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley (15 cases, one death), The Springs at Anna Maria (20 cases), Table Rock Memory Care Community (28 cases), Pioneer Village (23 cases), Memory Support Center at Rogue Valley Manor (seven cases), Ashley Manor - Brookhurst (11 cases, one death), Pear Valley Senior Living (24 cases, one death), Village at Valley View (31 cases, two deaths), Fountain Plaza (18 cases), Alderwood Assisted Living (seven cases), Roxy Ann Memory Community (16 cases), Kinsington Oak Grove (26 cases), Manor Terrace Care Suites (three cases), Suncrest Place (seven cases), Prestige Senior Living Arbor Place (five cases), A Touch of Grace (three cases) and Morrow Heights Retirement & Assisted Living Community (five cases.)

OHA only releases data on child care settings with least two COVID-19 cases and a capacity of at least 16 students. No child care facilities that met those criteria have active outbreaks in Jackson County, according to the weekly report.

A wide swathe of Jackson County K-12 schools had newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases within the past 28 days, according to the weekly report.

They were:

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (three students, three adults), Applegate School (one student, two adults), Ashland High School (two students), Butte Falls Charter School (one adult), Central Medford High School (three students), Central Point Elementary School (13 students, one adult), Crater High School (10 students), Eagle Point High School (two students), Eagle Rock Elementary (two students), Griffin Creek Elementary School (three students, one adult), Hanby Middle School (six students), Helman Elementary School (three students), Hillside Elementary School (two students, one adult), Hoover Elementary School (six students, one adult), Howard Elementary School (six students, two adults);

Jackson Elementary School (one student), Jacksonville Elementary School (seven students, two adults), Jefferson Elementary School (five students, four adults), Jewett Elementary School (six students), Kennedy Elementary School (seven students, two adults), Kids Unlimited Academy (two students, one adult), Lone Pine Elementary School (14 students), Mae Richardson Elementary School (nine students), McLoughlin Middle School (four students, four adults), North Medford High School (eight students, one adult), North Middle School (18 students), Oak Grove Elementary School (15 students, one adult), Orchard Hill Elementary School (one student), Phoenix Elementary School (three students), Phoenix High School (nine students, one adult), Rogue River Elementary School (six students), Rogue River Junior/Senior High School (six students, one adult), Roosevelt Elementary School (one student);

Sacred Heart Catholic School - Medford (four students, one adult), Sams Valley Elementary School (two students), Scenic Middle School (seven students), Shady Cove School (one student), The Siskiyou School (eight students), South Medford High School (11 students, one adult), St. Mary’s School (four students), Talent Elementary School (five students), The Valley School of Southern Oregon (one student), Washington Elementary School (eight students, two adults), Willow Wind K-8 (two students) and Wilson Elementary School (two students).

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