Public Health officials worry of increase in COVID cases after Almeda Fire

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Jackson County Public Health officials say they’re greatly concerned about seeing an uptick in COVID cases after the Almeda Fire, but they haven’t seen anything yet.

Many evacuees have been forced to stay in tight quarters whether at the expo, in hotels or with family.
Jackson County Public Health officer, Dr. Jim Shames, says he believes the number of cases will increase soon because of the fires.

He says evacuees and people offering shelter should still be social distancing to the best of their abilities.

“Wear the mask certainly indoors around people who are not in your immediate family, wash your hands frequently, try and keep distance – we can do those things, it’s just harder when it’s not in your own home,” said Dr. Shames.

Dr. Shames is encouraging people to keep getting tested, if they show symptoms of coronavirus.

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Mariah Mills
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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