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New school year, old diseases still lingering: COVID-and-health Q&A

It's like society caught a bad cold that just won't go away, and now that students are coming back to school, there's an eye toward how districts are preparing to limit outbreaks of these or any other diseases.

COVID is still an issue, causing death for some people and discomfort and lost time for many more. And we have monkeypox to deal with as well. This is why we keep our regular appointment with Jackson County Medical Director Dr. Leona O'Keefe, who joins us most weeks for a health-and-COVID Q&A.

LINK: we spent a fair amount of time discussing heat and smoke and alerts about them. Dr. O'Keefe recommends Rogue Valley Emergency Management as a place to sign up for alerts.

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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. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.