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Q&A On 'Extreme Risk' And Other COVID Issues

<p>A closed sign on the window of Luce, an Italian restaurant in&nbsp;Portland, Oregon. On Monday, March 16, 2020, Gov. Kate Brown ordered restaurants and bars to stop all on-site dining and limit food sales to takeout and delivery service only to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.</p>
Restaurants can no longer offer indoor dining while the surrounding county is listed in "extreme risk" for the spread of COVID-19.

Just a few hours after our COVID Q&A on April 27th, the expected hammer came down: Jackson, Klamath, and Josephine Counties were going back into "Extreme Risk" status.

The designation increases restrictions, banning activities like indoor dining. County status will now be reviewed weekly, so affected counties could see their lot improved as soon as Friday, May 7th.

Dr. Jim Shames is the Medical Director at Jackson County Health and Human Services. He visits once a week to catch us up on COVID-19 issues and current concerns.

Joining this week is Michael Weber, Public Health Director for Josephine County. He points out that Josephine County is not running mass-vaccination clinics, instead opting for a distributed model. Call to find out where closest to you... 541-916-7030.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.