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New COVID-19 cases flat in Jackson County

Josephine County sees dip in new cases

New COVID-19 case counts remain flat in Jackson County, with Oregon Health Authority reporting 189 new cases over the past week, for an average of 27 daily cases.

One Jackson County resident died of COVID-19-related causes over the past week, OHA said.

After a slight uptick a few weeks ago, cases are trending down in Josephine County. OHA reported 104 new cases for the past week for a daily average of almost 15 cases. No Josephine County residents died of COVID-19-related causes during the past week, OHA said.

Statewide, cases are trending up after a flat spell, with OHA reporting 4,597 new COVID-19 cases for a daily average of almost 657 cases. OHA reported five deaths among all counties.

OHA reports new data on cases and deaths once a week on Wednesdays.

As of Wednesday, hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 30 patients with the virus.

Hospitals across Oregon had 237 patients with the virus.

COVID-19-positive patient counts dipped both in the Rogue Valley and statewide compared to the previous week.

New COVID-19 booster shots that cover the original virus, plus two widely circulating omicron variants of the virus, began arriving in Jackson County earlier this month.

The updated booster shots are for people 12 and older. In general, they should be received at least two months after finishing your last COVID-19 shot that didn’t include omicron variant coverage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The updated booster shots contain a lower dose and are not meant to be used in people who’ve never had a COVID-19 vaccine before.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations, including the updated boosters, are available at a mass vaccination clinic at The Merrick, formerly Inn at the Commons, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Jackson County Public Health is scheduling appointments for free updated boosters and other COVID-19 shots. Call 541-774-8209.

Public Health is located in the county’s Health and Human Services Building, 140 S. Holly St., Medford. Hours are 8-11:45 a.m. and 1-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As the updated COVID-19 boosters keep arriving in Jackson County, not all providers will begin providing the shots immediately.

For other ways to get vaccinated, Public Health recommends:

  • Reach out to your doctor’s office, child’s pediatrician or pharmacy to see what vaccines they have.
  • Text ORCOVID to 898211 (English and Spanish) or email ORCOVID@211info.org. Language help is available.
  • Use the Get Vaccinated Oregon website at getvaccinated.oregon.gov.
  • Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 toll-free from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including holidays.
  • Visit the “Where to Get Vaccinated in Jackson County” website at jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/COVID-19-News/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.