KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Throughout the pandemic Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) has provided information to the community in an effort to ensure everyone is as well informed as possible.

As with any widespread infectious disease, there are waves of COVID-19. Worldwide there is another surging wave and hospital capacity internationally is challenged by rising case counts and those with chronic conditions who did not participate in proactive care in the early stages of the pandemic.

For personal recommendations regarding anything related to COVID-19, such as vaccination, talk to your primary care provider or your pharmacist. Information on where vaccinations are available can be found at http://www.klamathcounty.org/1117/COVID-19-vaccine

On June 30, week day reporting of cases stopped, but COVID-19 did not disappear. Cases are reported on weekdays by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/erd/pages/covid-19-news.aspx

Previously, KCPH announced numbers about one day ahead of OHA. The numbers came — and continue to come — from the same place: a statewide database of laboratory test results. The difference was when numbers were pulled. OHA accesses the database at 12:01 a.m. on weekdays and KCPH was accessing the database by 10 a.m.This allowed 10 hours for new cases to appear before being announced locally.

The size of the overall database and number of statewide users now make it difficult for KCPH to provide information in a more-timely way than OHA. There is no need for duplicate efforts. Case investigation continues by members of the KCPH staff.

Each week, KCPH publishes an epidemiological report which can be found at http://www.klamathcounty.org/1076/Klamath-County-data.

Numbers have increased over the course of several weeks. However, there is no telling when the current wave will crest.

In the meantime, members of the Klamath community remain their own best advocates for their personal health.