Tag Archives: Jackson County

‘Aggressive efforts’ hold Worthington Fire to 600 acres overnight

A multi-agency assault on a fast-growing wildfire between Eagle Point and Butte Falls kept the fire from growing considerably overnight, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Fire crews responded to the fire roughly five miles to the northeast of Eagle Point on Thursday afternoon, later prompting evacuation orders for one nearby road.. Brian […]
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New Oregon health metrics set Medford schools back

The ability of local schools to reopen this fall will depend on whether Jackson County and the state both manage to meet key metrics for declining COVID-19 spread, according to new guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. “Overall, these requirements align with the recommendations from both public health experts […]
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Jackson County reports 11 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday: Hospital cases rise, but outcomes improve

Seven people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized in the past seven days, but Jackson County Medical Director Jim Shames says the local health care system has plenty of capacity and is more prepared than it was in the early stages of the pandemic. Source: Jackson County reports 11 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday | Mail Tribune

E. coli found in Jackson County creeks

Routine monthly water tests showed several creeks in the Bear Creek watershed exceeded state standards for E. coli, according to a press release from the Rogue Valley Council of Governments. Source: E. coli found in Jackson County creeks | Mail Tribune

Southern Oregon Clinics Prep For Farmworker Coronavirus Testing

Clinics in Southern Oregon are preparing for temporary farmworkers to arrive this season while also trying to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Source: Southern Oregon Clinics Prep For Farmworker Coronavirus Testing . News | OPB

Hemp goes to college: OSU experiments with hemp growing methods in Jackson County

Jackson County’s biggest cash crop is getting a boost from science this year as part of an experimental project by Oregon State University to find the best strains of hemp and the most environmentally friendly methods of growing the plant. “Can we understand how to grow in a way that does not create so much […]
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Business aid still available from Jackson County

At least for now, Jackson County still has plenty of money available for grants to businesses and nonprofits that are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The race for $355,000 in grants kicked off Tuesday morning, with money to be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying businesses. Source: Business aid still available from Jackson […]
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Unemployment claims decline, but some still waiting for checks

Filings for initial unemployment claims in Jackson County have been going down since late June, according to the Oregon Employment Department. From June 27 to July 4, about 400 initial claims for regular unemployment were filed each week — a decrease from the 2,800 claims filed during the worst weeks of the pandemic, according to […]
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Lack of supplies slows COVID-19 testing in Jackson County

A nationwide lack of supplies is causing delays in how quickly COVID-19 test results come back, jeopardizing the ability of Jackson County and the rest of Oregon to track and help contain the spread of the virus. Source: Lack of supplies slows COVID-19 testing in Jackson County | Mail Tribune

Lack of supplies slows COVID-19 testing in Jackson County

A nationwide lack of supplies is causing delays in how quickly COVID-19 test results come back, jeopardizing the ability of Jackson County and the rest of Oregon to track and help contain the spread of the virus.“We’re seeing long delays getting test results back. We don’t want to wait 7-10 days,” said Dr. Jim Shames, […]
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