Due to the rising number of #COVID19
cases and the need to allocate resources more effectively and focus on the immediate needs of our community, Josephine County Public Health
will now direct those seeking daily figures to the Oregon Health Authority
Daily figures related to COVID-19 in Josephine County
can be found on the OHA website, https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19
. There you can also find OHA’s Weekly COVID-19 Report, Community Resources and more. Additional information about the new Risk and Safety Framework can be found at https://coronavirus.oregon.gov.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people.
In December 2019, an outbreak of a new respiratory infection was reported in China. The virus has since been named “SARSCoV-2,” and the disease it causes is named COVID-19.
The virus appears to spread mainly from person-to-person. It is most commonly spread by an infected person who coughs or sneezes, and people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). People are most contagious while symptomatic and in the days prior to developing symptoms. This is why it is so important to wear a mask and wash hands frequently even when feeling well.
The illness related to COVID-19 has ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness, and in some cases death. Symptoms commonly appear 2 to 14 days after being infected with the virus. Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Certain risk factors place people at higher risk for more severe disease, which can result in hospitalization, intensive care, a ventilator to help them breathe or death. These risk factors include:
- Age (over 65)
- Chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease (such as asthma or COPD), heart disease, severe kidney disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, immunosuppression or obesity
- Having a disability, such as Down syndrome
- Living in a congregate setting, such as a nursing home or jail
- Being of a minority group
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, everyday actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These actions include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home, stay safe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue in the trash can.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay 6 feet away from people not a part of your household.
- Wear a mask if you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from someone outside of your household. Wear a mask at home if someone has COVID-19 infection or has been exposed to COVID-19. There are a few exceptions to wearing a mask, which can be found at the OHA website:
Never put a mask or face covering on an infant or an adult who cannot adjust or remove the mask themselves. Do not tie a mask around a small child’s head or neck such that it can become a strangling hazard.
People who think they might have been exposed to COVID-19 should call
their local healthcare provider or local hospital immediately. Notify them that you may have COVID-19 and, if possible, wear a mask before interacting with the providers.
On May 18, 2020, the Oregon Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling that invalidated Gov. Kate Brown’s recent stay at home executive orders, which have prevented more than 70,000 COVID-19 infections across the state and averted approximately 1,500 hospitalizations. As a result, the governor’s executive orders remain in place until further consideration by the court. These orders impose certain requirements and limitations aimed at slowing the spread of the disease.
Earlier in the day, a Baker County circuit court judge blocked Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” orders. In response to today’s earlier lower court ruling, Brown had issued a statement that said in part: “The science behind these executive orders hasn’t changed one bit. Ongoing physical distancing, staying home as much as possible and wearing face coverings will save lives across Oregon. Together Oregonians have turned the tide on the spread of COVID-19, allowing us to only now begin the process of gradually and safely reopening parts of our communities and our economies.”
The Baker County court ruling is now on hold and Brown’s emergency declaration and executive orders remain in place pending further arguments.
"Regardless of the status of the governor's Executive Orders, there is still an ongoing public health emergency as a result of COVID-19," said Mike Weber, Josephine County Public Health director. "We ask everyone to please take the appropriate actions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, and we thank you for your patience."
- Who is getting sick from COVID-19?
- A total of 98 percent of COVID-19 cases occured among unvaccinated or partiall vaccinated people
- Nine in 10 COVID-19-related deaths occured among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people
- In Josephine County, half of COVID-19 infections are in people age 40 and younger
- About 96% of doctors in the United States have taken the vaccine, according to a natonwide survey of the American Medial Association