Rogue Valley hospitals are running low on resources, as COVID-19 cases climb

MEDFORD, Ore. – With hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, public health officials are trying to get more resources in our community. Public health hasn’t gotten word on when we’re getting more resources. That means if you’re sick with COVID-19 or something else and you need to go to the hospital they may not have ventilators to help you breathe or the working staff to help you get better.

Jackson County is in uncharted territory, as this is the first time they’re asking the state for outside help. Hospitals are so overwhelmed, Jackson County admits they don’t have the staffing to do contact tracing.

“We’re not staffed to also deal with this. Our public health infrastructure isn’t built for this type of crisis either,” said Tanya Phillips from Jackson Co. Public Health.

This isn’t just a Jackson County problem, public health officials told NBC5 News this is a regional problem.┬áJosephine County is seeing similar trends in lack of resources and capacity limits.

Jackson County isn’t urging people to wear a mask and get vaccinated anymore they’re pleading with you to do so.

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NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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