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Jackson County in high risk category for COVID-19

With COVID-19 cases continuing to trend up, Jackson County is in the high risk category for cases, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Indoor masks aren’t mandated by the government, but some organizations, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, have started requiring masks again.

For the past week, Jackson County saw 549 cases, for a daily average of 78.4 cases, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

OHA recorded no COVID-19-related deaths in Jackson County for the past week.

During high risk conditions, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, getting tested if you have symptoms and taking additional precautions if you are at high risk for severe illness.

In Ashland, OSF started requiring patrons and staff to wear masks again as of Friday. The festival plans to make an announcement when masks are no longer required.

Josephine County had 152 cases for the past week, averaging 21.7 cases per day. The county saw two COVID-19-related deaths, according to OHA.

Cases were trending up in both Jackson and Josephine counties, but Josephine County is in the CDC’s medium risk category.

Statewide, OHA reported 10,981 cases in the past week, averaging 1,568.7 cases daily. The state recorded 10 COVID-19-related deaths.

Case counts are relatively flat statewide.

On Monday, Jackson and Josephine county hospitals were caring for 35 COVID-19-positive patients. Across Oregon, 299 patients had the virus, according to hospitalization data.