COVID-19 cases in Jackson County continued to rise this weekend as the Jackson County Health Department reported a total of 35 new cases in the two-day period covering Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17. This comes immediately after the county set a one-day record on Thursday with 16 new cases. In the past 15 days, there have been 134 new cases in Jackson County – an average of nearly nine new cases a day over that period

The Health Department is now reporting a total of 88 active cases in Jackson County, which is a huge jump from the 66 active cases reported on Thursday. The 88 active cases also ranks as a record high for the county. However, the number of hospitalizations increased only by one from seven on Thursday to eight on Saturday. Also, the number of COVID-related deaths remained at six – and there has not been a local death since September 24.

The recent surge in new cases the past two weeks has pushed Jackson County’s grand total to 402 confirmed cases and 18 probable cases. This number covers the period from when the first case was reported on April 7 through Saturday afternoon, Oct. 17.

A probable case is defined as “an individual who reports a history of a COVID-like illness and are epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case or an individual who reports a history of a COVID-like illness with supportive lab results, but do not have PCR (nasal swab) testing done.”