JaCo Provides COVID Update

For the Friday-Sunday 3-day total, Jackson County saw 150 new and presumptive cases. That’s an average of 50 per day.

Weekly Number of New COVID-19 Cases

For week 41 (October 10 – October 16), Jackson County Public Health reported 395 new COVID-19 cases. This is a 16% decrease from the previous week. The case rate for week 41 is 177 cases per 100,000 population.

Today, Jackson County has now recorded more than 300 deaths related to COVID-19,” states Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager. “We send our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one, a family member, a friend, or neighbor.”

“It is important that we do not lose sight of the fact that COVID-19 is a serious disease in Jackson County,” says Dr. Jim Shames, Health Officer for Jackson County Public Health. “Vaccine requirements and masking requirements are important tools to help prevent another 300 of our citizens from dying in the future.”

Vaccines are one of the greatest success stories in public health. Through the use of vaccines, we have eradicated smallpox and nearly eliminated wild polio virus. The number of people who experience the devastating effects of preventable infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and whooping cough is at an all-time low. Vaccination requirements have been in place since the early 1800s with the development and use of the smallpox vaccine. George Washington required troops to be vaccinated against smallpox, and school children were required to have smallpox vaccination before attending school. Today, school-aged children, college students, healthcare providers, and other professionals are required to receive certain vaccinations to attend school or work in a healthcare setting.

“We are in the midst of a serious worldwide pandemic that has its most serious effects on the elderly and on all ages of people that have underlying medical conditions. Requiring vaccination to provide care for those individuals in alignment with public health science to keep the public as a whole safe,” states Dr. Jim Shames.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)

As of 10:30 a.m. on October 18, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 53, and there are 13 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

COVID-19 Related Deaths 

Jackson County Public Health reports 4 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 303 since the beginning of the pandemic.