MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County reached more than 15,000 vaccinations on Sunday, more than double the amount the county had last week, as health officials reported 49 new cases and two new deaths.
As of Monday, Jackson County has recorded more than 8,500 vaccinations, with a large portion of those getting vaccinated during the large-scale vaccination event behind the wheel of the Jackson County Expo. During the three periods of the event, medical workers with assistance from the National Guard helped administer vaccines to more than 7,200 people.
“It was very quick, very easy, very well organized,” said Terri Estes, Phase 1-B recipient. “Everyone was very nice, gave us directions and went really well.”
As vaccinations in Jackson County continue to rise, cases continue to decline. Today, Jackson County health officials reported 49 new cases of the virus as well as two new deaths, bringing the county’s weekly total to just over 250 cases. But why is it good news?
This is the first in three months, on October 25, 2020, that the county has reported fewer than 300 cases in a single week. It is also the second time in the past two weeks that Jackson County has reported less than 400 cases in a single week.
This means that, under guidelines established by the state, Jackson County could be moved from its current “Extreme Risk” category to a “High Risk” category, which would once again open a limited number of restaurants inside. as well as limited guests within gyms, entertainment facilities and more.
To be considered a high-risk category, a county must have between 100 and 200 cases per 100,000 over a 14-day period and must have a positive rate between 8 and 10%. Currently, Jackson County has a 6% positive rate and has seen 626 cases in the past 14 days.
Since Jackson County has more than 200,000 people, that means the county was expected to have fewer than 800 cases over a 14-day period.
Since the start of the pandemic, Jackson County has experienced 7,171 cases of Covid-19 and 96 deaths.
The death of 83 Jackson County deaths was removed from the total after it was determined the person’s death was not related to COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE
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