Possible COVID-19 cases aboard flights to S. Oregon, N. California, health officials say

MEDFORD, Ore. – #UPDATE: Jackson County Health tells NBC5 News it was not aware of the flight before we inquired. We were told that because the information involves multiple states, the information regarding the flight should have come to Jackson County from the Oregon Health Authority. The county’s reaching out to the OHA for more information.


Local health officials are issuing a warning to southern Oregon and northern California due to recent flights that may have introduced COVID-19 to the area.

On March 24, the County of Humboldt Joint Information Center said the following three airline flights may represent a possible exposure for COVID-19:

  • 3/16/20: United Flight #5827 from Los Angeles Airport to Arcata
  • 3/18/20: DeltaFlight #4124 from Seattle to Medford, OR
  • 3/18/20: United Flight #5555 from San Francisco Airport to Arcata

Health officials said the overall risk for passengers aboard the flights is low, but they’ll need to self-quarantine for two weeks after their flights. If they become ill, they should contact a doctor.

“Any travel to areas with community-level transmission presents opportunities for exposure to COVID-19,” Humboldt County officials said. “All travelers to these areas, whether international or domestic, should be self-quarantining, which means staying at home except for accessing needed health care, for 14 days after return.”

As of the morning of March 24, there were four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County and three in Jackson County.

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