Yesterday, Jackson County reported 416 new COVID-19 cases. “Having 416 cases to report in one day was shocking. Last fall, weekly record-high total cases were in the 400 and 500 range; we didn’t see daily case counts reach this level,” states Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Public Health. Jackson County has already surpassed 1,000 cases for Week 32 (week of August 8).

Because of the number of cases in Jackson County, it is likely that Jackson County Public Health staff will not be able to contact all positive cases or close contacts; therefore, we recommend anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to isolate immediately and notify all close contacts that they have been exposed and should quarantine for 14 days.

Vaccinations and non-pharmaceutical interventions such as wearing a mask, washing your hands, staying home when you are sick, limiting the size of gatherings all remain critical tools to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Jackson County Public Health and the hospital systems are encouraging the community to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide relief to the hospital system. The best way to stop the spread of the Delta variant is to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks. Starting today, August 13, masks, face coverings, or face shields are required in all indoor spaces. Read the full Oregon Administrative Rule.

All three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, and are effective against the Delta variant. High vaccination coverage will reduce the spread of the virus in Jackson County and elsewhere, protect our healthcare and public health infrastructure, and help prevent new variants from emerging.

Testing remains an important strategy in this pandemic, and the demand for testing has increased in Jackson County. It is important not to go to the Emergency Department just for COVID-19 testing. If you have a medical emergency, it remains critical that you access emergency care when needed.

Where to Get Tested in Jackson County

  • Asante COVID-19 Specimen Collection Center: 1321 Center Dr., Medford OR. 541- 789-2233
  • Providence Stewart Meadows Urgent Care: 70 Bower Dr. Suite 110, Medford OR. 541- 732-3962
  • Walgreens:

    o 210 E Barnett Rd., Medford

    o 2280 W. Main St., Medford

    o 433 N Front St., Central Point
  • Valley Immediate Care:

    o 1700 E. Barnett, Medford

    o 1600 Delta Waters Suite 107, Medford

    o 1401 Siskiyou Blvd. Suite 1, Ashland
  • Rite Aid: 636 N. Main St., Phoenix
  • La Clinica Wellness/Respiratory Center: 636 N. Main St., Medford

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Daily Number of New COVID-19 Cases

As of 12:01 a.m. on August 13, 2021, Jackson County Public Health reports 84 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the total COVID-19 cases in Jackson County to 14,504.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties) continues to increase. As of 8:00 a.m. on August 13, 2021, there are 164 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and 39 COVID-19 positive patients are in the intensive care unit.

COVID-19 Related Deaths

Jackson County Public Health reports 1 new COVID-19 death, bringing the total to 167 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Jackson County’s 167th COVID-19 death is a 53-year-old man who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 22 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.

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