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COVID-19 case numbers are still climbing in neighboring Deschutes and Crook counties

As COVID cases climb in counties, Jefferson County catches a breather.

"We are not one of the counties being considered for reclassification as extreme like Deschutes and Crook," says Public Health Director Michael Baker. "Deschutes reported over 100 cases in one day. Crook is seeing 60-plus cases in a two-week window. It is widespread in those communities."

By contrast, Baker says the cases in Jefferson County appear in defined clusters. "We can say with certainty the cases we're seeing are spread among family members."

The focus now is making it as easy as possible for everyone to get the COVID vaccine.

Saturday, the health department held a special vaccination clinic for Bright Wood and KEITH Manufacturing employees and their families.

That clinic and all others are now available for anyone age 18 or older who want a vaccine.

"Those individuals were super excited about being able to just walk in and get the vaccine," says Baker.

The next push from the Oregon Health Authority is vaccinating people age 16 and older. Baker says the Pfizer vaccine may soon be approved for people as young as 12.

Upcoming vaccine clinics include:

April 30: Camp Sherman 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

May 5: First Baptist Church of Madras 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

May 7: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Noon - 7 p.m.

May 14: Culver 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

May 19: First Baptist Church of Madras 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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