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Jackson County reports 16 COVID-19 cases Monday

Jackson County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases Monday and appears likely to remain under the state’s extreme risk restrictions that have shut down indoor restaurant dining and curtailed gym capacity in 15 counties across the state.

Jackson County Public Health reported that the county had 599 new COVID-19 cases during the two-week period that ended Saturday, which equals a case rate of 270.0 cases per 100,000 population.

Jackson County needs to get under 200 cases per 100,000 to move out of extreme risk, or Oregon as a whole has to see fewer than 300 COVID-19-positive people in hospitals.

Statewide, 351 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 Monday, six more than Sunday, the Oregon Health Authority reported.

Jackson and Josephine counties had 14 COVID-19-positive people in local hospitals as of Friday. Most people with COVID-19 who are in hospitals are in the Portland and Salem area, according to OHA data.

Gov. Kate Brown is expected to officially announce Tuesday which counties will remain under extreme risk restrictions. Any changes would go into effect Friday.

On Monday, Oregon reported 540 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, and the death of a 70-year-old Douglas County woman. She had underlying conditions.

Jackson County Public Health officials said the fastest way to return to normal life is for everyone to do their part and get vaccinated.

The Jackson County Equity Vaccination Center at The Expo, located at 1 Peninger Road near Central Point, is offering free vaccinations to everyone 16 and older. People do not need to bring identification or insurance information, and the center is open to everyone regardless of immigration status.

Language interpreters and support for people with disabilities are available.

Appointments are encouraged but not required. To register for an appointment, visit jacksoncounty.org/GetVaccinated or call 211.

A drive-thru vaccination clinic at The Expo offers the Pfizer vaccine for people 16 and older. It’s open every day of the week. The hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 7 p.m. all other days. Enter through Gate 5 at The Expo.

Enter through Gate 2 to visit the walk-thru vaccination clinic, which offers the Moderna vaccine to everyone 18 and older. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wheelchairs are available.

Jackson County Public Health officials said the vaccines are an important tool to help stop the pandemic. None of the vaccines can make people sick with COVID-19, they said.

Those who get vaccinated are much less likely to become seriously ill or die if they are catch the virus, scientific trials of the vaccines have shown.

About 30% of people in Oregon have finished the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot.

About 43% of Oregonians have had at least one dose, OHA reported Monday.

In Jackson County, 36% of the population has received at least one dose, according to the OHA.

Benton County has the highest vaccination rate in Oregon, with at least 55% of the population having had at least one shot. Benton County is in the state’s high risk COVID-19 category.

Umatilla County has the lowest vaccination rate at 24%. Umatilla is also in the state’s high risk category for COVID-19.

Of those who are vaccinated statewide, about 55% are female and about 45% are male, according to OHA data.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.