JaCo Public Health breaks down pandemic, endemic differences

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. —Although public health says Covid cases in Jackson County have been trending down, it says we’re not making the transition to endemic just yet.

The term pandemic refers to a widespread disease, that can be found everywhere. Endemic is more predictable, happening in certain pockets of the population at a given time, like the flu which has a season.

Jackson County medical officer, Dr. Leona O’Keefe says we’re not there yet with Covid. She says part of that is because we still don’t understand the patterns of covid. Other hurdles that can get in the way, are low vaccination rates.

“If Covid didn’t keep changing and bringing new variants, we probably would already be there, but that’s not the reality for a variety of reasons Covid has continued to mutate and bring new variants and that continues to bring these large influxes that impact just about everyone,”  said Dr. O’Keefe

Dr. O’Keefe says the best way to protect yourself from severe illness is through vaccinations and booster doses.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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