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COVID-19 On The Rise: Q & A With Jackson County Medical Director


California is turning up roughly 7,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, Oregon just ordered people to wear masks indoors and lengthened its state of emergency to September, and Dr. Fauci is warning of as many as 100,000 new cases a day nationally if people are not more careful. The tide that turned after the wrenching shutdowns has clearly turned back.

Just this week (June 29th), Jackson and Josephine County health officials announced jointly that local parties appear to be contributing to the uptick in cases in Southern Oregon.

Dr. Jim Shames is the medical director at Jackson County Health and Human Services. He continues his weekly visits to give an update and to answer our questions about the virus and the approach to stopping it.

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