Rogue Valley News, Monday, 4/27 -No New Covid-19 Cases in Jackson County, Oregon with 2311 Cases, 58 New, 91 Deaths Total

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Rogue Valley Weather

Today  A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.  Overnight cloudy with a low near 51.

Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Light west northwest wind.  Overnight a slight chance of rain before midnight, then a slight chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday  A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Saturday  A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Today’s Headlines

Over the weekend, no new cases of Covid-19 reported in Jackson or Josephine counties.  Jackson County health officials reporting a total of 49 cases of which 33 people have recovered from the virus.  There are 16 active cases.

The total number of cases in Josephine county is holding at 20.  Nine of those have already recovered.  Klamath county has 36 current cases.

COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state death toll to 91, the Oregon Health Authority reported yesterday. Oregon Health Authority also reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 2,311.

The new COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (3), Coos (4), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (1), Josephine (1) Linn (3), Marion (4), Multnomah (29), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (7), Yamhill (1).

Oregon Health Authority released a modeling report update on Friday that indicates the efforts of Oregonians to stay home and practice physical distancing has helped prevent as many as 70,000 COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

The report stated the epidemic would have continued to grow exponentially, doubling every week. By April 16, the number of cumulative infections would have been about 80,000, including 2,000 hospitalizations. Hence, the interventions are estimated to have averted over 70,000 infections, including over 1,500 hospitalizations.

According to Dean Sidelinger, MD, state epidemiologist their modeling continues to show that our collective efforts are working. He said despite the very real hardships these sacrifices have cost Oregonians, we have to keep it up even as we move toward easing restrictions. We need to build on our success in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

The federal government is urging caution as several states begin easing COVID-19 restrictions.

Many don’t appear to be following guidelines issued by the White House such as the Florida beaches.  In Atlanta, many on city streets were walking hand in hand on this Monday morning, clearly believing the pandemic has passed them by.

“I am sure a lot of people have missed the asterisk, but we said to look not only statewide, but county by county,” White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx said Sunday.

Grants Pass Fire Rescue responded to a small structure fire early Sunday morning.

The department says Bobo’s Wash and Wax on South East M Street caught fire around 5:30 am.  Grants Pass Fire Rescue with the assistance of Rural Metro Fire, were able to quickly extinguish the fire after forcibly entering the building.

“Basically they got a report for a passerby reported smoke and fire on the shed outside the car wash,” said battalion chief, Tim DeLisle.

Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says the fire caused extensive damage to the office and storage shed. No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Red Cross supplies have run dangerously low. If you are healthy and looking for a tangible and safe way to help your community, please consider donating blood.

The Red Cross has implemented sanitizing and social distancing policies to ensure you’re safe while making a lifesaving donation. 

Schedule a Red Cross donation appointment today

Office of the State Fire Marshal Extends Rules Allowing for Self-Serve Gas to May 9, 2020

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is extending a temporary rule change that allows Oregon gas stations to provide self-service on a voluntary basis, in order to address shortages of workers experienced by gas retailers statewide.

The rules change was first announced on March 28 and then extended on April 11 to April 25. Today, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker extended the deadline another two weeks, through May 9.

“We want to thank Oregonians and Oregon businesses for being flexible during these challenging times,” said Walker. “As we continue to monitor this ongoing situation, we feel it is best to extend this option for an additional two weeks.”

The extension of the change will still allow station attendants to help customers while avoiding face-to-face and hand-to-hand contact. It also continues to ensure physical distancing measures are in place. Attendants will continue to sanitize station equipment and fuel nozzles and assist customers with their refueling as needed.

Information about the extended rules change for self-service gasoline can be found on the OSFM website

Among the heroes of these unprecedented times are Oregon’s farmers and ranchers.

These hard-working families have continued to grow their crops, care for their animals, and provide food for society, along with other vital agricultural products.

Now more than ever, Oregonians are searching for locally grown vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, honey, and other products like flowering baskets, vegetable starts, and bedding plants.

Oregon’s Bounty, at OregonFB.org/oregonsbounty, is a searchable directory of nearly 300 family farms and ranches that sell food, foliage, and other ag products directly to the public.

“Oregon’s Bounty includes farm stands and CSAs from across the entire state, and the directory includes contact information,” said Anne Marie Moss, Oregon Farm Bureau communications director.

“It’s important to check with a farm online or by email or phone before visiting to see if their opening date has changed. Farms and ranches that are selling to the public will be taking every precaution to make sure their products, their customers, their employees, their families, and themselves remain as healthy and safe as possible. Some farm stands may have specific instructions for customers, such as online ordering or pickup options,” said Moss. 

Spring favorites that are in season now include asparagus, rhubarb, salad greens, artichokes, radishes, mushrooms, flowering baskets, bedding plants, vegetable starts — with Oregon-grown strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries not far behind.

Oregon’s Bounty allows visitors to do keyword searches for specific ag products — such as blueberries, cucumbers, honey, or eggs — and/or search for farms and ranches within a specific region of the state.

“While so much of society has come to a stand-still, Farm Bureau members are #StillFarming and #StillRanching, and for that, we are all very grateful,” said Moss. “A lot has changed but the love Oregonians have for locally sourced food has not. We encourage everyone to support their local farms and ranches and to continue enjoying Oregon’s incredible agricultural bounty.”

May is Wildfire Awareness Month. Keep Oregon Green, in partnership with federal, state and local fire agencies and organizations, knows May is a great time to encourage the public to create defensible space around homes this spring and prevent the start of careless, unwanted wildfires.

At stake: Lives, property, forests

When it comes to preventing wildfires, there’s a lot at stake – lives, personal property, and the many benefits provided by Oregon’s forests and rangelands. During the 2019 season, 250,000 acres in the Northwest were consumed by wildfire, with almost 80,000 acres burned in Oregon.

People were responsible for starting 1,192 fires that burned around 22,000 acres. ODF’s gross large-fire costs were $32.8 million, and many neighborhoods were forced to evacuate. Each year, over 70 percent of Oregon’s wildfires are started by people. Many are a result of escaped debris burning and campfires left unattended. 

Before heading outdoors, contact the agency or landowner who manages the lands at your destination for an update on current fire restrictions or bans. Any visitor to Oregon’s natural areas should review these restrictions before building campfires, burning debris, or using equipment that could ignite dry vegetation. 

Oregon, Our Oregon

This year, KEEP OREGON GREEN is launching a new wildfire prevention campaign and releasing four new public service announcements to help raise awareness.

The announcements feature movie, television and voice actor Sam Elliott, who is the official voice of Smokey Bear.

Each announcement will encourage residents and tourists to practice basic wildfire safety while enjoying the outdoors. Elliott has a home in Oregon and has experienced fire first-hand near his other home in California, so he well understands the fire risk that threatens our state every year.

Pride in Oregon is the driving force behind Keep Oregon Green’s campaign and new website. Stunning campaign photos of Oregon’s iconic landscapes will encourage everyone to protect our state’s scenic recreation areas. Using the hashtag, #OregonOurOregon, Keep Oregon Green wants you to share photos of your favorite natural areas and thoughts for keeping Oregon free of wildfire.

The new campaign artwork, PSAs, and additional wildfire safety tips can be found at keeporegongreen.org and its various social media platforms.

Coming soon: More Wildfire Awareness Month tips

During May, a new wildfire prevention topic will be shared each week to help homeowners and recreationists learn how to prevent their outdoor activities from sparking the next wildfire. For more information, visit the websites for Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org, and the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov/odf.

Follow Oregon wildfire news and prevention updates on social media: Twitter @keeporegongreen, @ORDeptForestry and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/keeporegongreenhttps://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry?fref=ts


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