Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 93: Are We in the 'End Times?'

Dear Diary,

It may be just me, but I feel like we're all living in the "End Times." I'm not even the kind of guy that believes in every conspiracy that comes along. I'm a hardened journalist that believes in facts above all.

But...

If the "End Times" is about the collapse of civilizations then our current global pandemic sets the stage. Coupled with a worldwide economic breakdown, I think the argument can be made for these being historically shitty days that no one could have anticipated.

I look at what's happening in Korea, and between India and China as bad signs - even possible wars ahead. 

The North Korean government is suddenly gone hardcore against their southern neighbors - blowing up it's joint liaison office with South Korea. It was a dramatic and carefully planned display of rancor. For reasons unknown, Kim is in the background while his sister takes this recent aggressive stance.

Meanwhile...

The Indian army reported that 20 of its soldiers were killed in border clashes with Chinese troops Tuesday. Chinese causalities haven't been released according to news agencies in the area.

To put this in perspective, no shots have been fired on that border since 1975, with troops occasionally engaging in hand-to-hand scuffles and throwing rocks.

Reports are coming in that senior military officials from both sides were meeting to defuse the situation. The last thing the world needs right now is a nuclear war between India and China. If that happens, it's more ammunition for my doomsday hypothesis.

I'd rather be optimistic about what happening worldwide, but I've never been the "Pollyanna" type. I call things the way I see them. Always have. I also leave myself room to back- peddle if I'm wrong about something. I'd love to be wrong about the gloomy forecast I'm suggesting is possible.

Without a time machine, it looks like I'll have to wait and see what happens to humanity!


On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
Our coronavirus cases are still climbing with 184 news cases reported on Monday - the highest daily count in the state since the start of the pandemic.

The Oregon Health Authority says a portion of the increase is due to an outbreak in Union County in the rural northeastern part of the state, where 99 people tested positive for COVID-19.

No surprise to me that many of those cases are associated with the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Union County. Health experts have been warning churches for months about the need to wear face masks and social-distancing when they gather. This is just one of several churches that thought God wouldn't let the faithful get infected.

Quote for the Day; "If bad things happening is the litmus test for a soon-coming rapture, it's no wonder every generation for many years have believed they were the last generation. Bad things happen in every generation." -J.A. Hardgrave

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 92: Americans Tire of Waiting For a Vaccine

Dear Diary,

Overheard: Quarantine fatigue.

Observed in the media: Mass gatherings sans safety precautions in every state.

Fact: COVID-19 never left. It's busy killing people in the hundreds daily, and cases of the novel coronavirus are rapidly going up in 18 states during the last 10 days. 

No end in sight: With no vaccine available this pandemic is not just going to magically disappear no matter how much Trump wishes it will.
 In summary
The national reservoir of patience is exhausted. 

The choice of "being free" comes with the possibility of death.Covid-19 still stalks our streets and when people choose to go out, especially without face masks and social-distancing, they risk dying, or of infecting someone they know.

The country unofficially reopened too fast. Protests and cabin fever led the way out of the safety of partial quarantines, and rolled out the perfect conditions for super spreader events. 

There's no turning back. Not a politician in this land would dare to shut down the economy again. Especially in an election year.

Regardless of how many lives are lost to infections, socializing and going back to work weighs more towards making the final decision than one's health. We humans are imperfect beings.


On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
                      From the Oregon Historical Society exhibit, "Experience Oregon"
Seeing the topic of the day is about racism, I decided that a brief history of Oregon would be relevant.

Oregon's founders sought a "White Utopia," a strain of racism that lives on even as state celebrates its progressivism

Oregon became a state in 1859. Slavery, the issue that was tearing the nation apart, was banned in the new state. The leaders believed they had a better model on how to deal with the race problem; black people wouldn't be allowed in the state. Period.

Oregon consistently goes "blue" in presidential elections, and conservative commentators invoke the name of its largest city - Portland - as a shorthand for hyper-liberalism.
The fact is, Oregon is also one of the whitest states in the country by design. 

In 1921, the Portland telegram published a photograph (above) of Oregon Ku Klux Klan leaders outfitted in full regalia, including their hoods, posing with Portland officials during a meeting of "Law and Order."

Quote for the Day; "Fatigue makes fools of us all. It robs you of your skills and your judgement." - Harvey Mackey

Monday, June 15, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 91: Trump Circus Prepares for Upcoming Road Shows

Dear Diary,

Coming to states soon... the Trump Circus is hitting the road with it's first scheduled stop set for Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20th.

In a nod to his white nationalistic supporters, Trump working with a select committee of racists, scheduled the rally in the month of the anniversary of the worst white-on-black massacres (300 people murdered and buried in a mass grave) in Tulsa, and American history.

In the weeks ahead the Trump Circus intends to hold large indoor shows with no face masks or social-distancing, in the swing states... which are showing increased signs of the coronavirus resurfacing.

Trump and his collection of classic clowns plan to hold the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida... which by the way is one of the states showing a Covid-19 surge.

Oh yeah! This date has significance too... for white nationalists. It's the 60th anniversary of a brutal KKK attack on Black activists known as "Ax Handle Saturday.

To make sure no one sues the circus, Trump's bigly 3 Ring Racist Galas require attendees to sign a waiver stating if they get the virus they won't hold anyone responsible. 

It's a risk many Trumplicans are willing to take to see such famous GOP clowns as, "Moscow" Mitch McConnell; Jared "Slum Lord" Kushner; Ivanka "Daddy's Girl" Trump; and Bill "Brown Nose" Barr.

The ringmaster is, of course, Trump himself, with his bright orange makeup and a squirrel on his head. 

He knows how to bring entertainment to new lows, much to the delight of his mostly undereducated followers. 

I suspect that future historians will record this period as the COVID Super Spreader tour to re-elect Trump, which also managed to thin his base out contributing to the historical landslide loss he suffered in November. 


On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
And they're off!
A "race" across the country, an event inspired by one man's journey 42 years ago, began in Downtown Medford last Thursday.

The virtual trip to Medford, Massachusetts was literally pulled off by Dave McGillivray in the summer of 1978. The Medford2Medford Run's goal is to finish the equivalent of the same route a 23-year old McGillivray did when he covered 3,452 miles in 80 days - an average of 40 miles a day!

Quote for the Day; "When asked what profession they least like, most people will give the obvious answer: clowns." - Brian South

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 90: Is Anyone Else Keeping a Diary During These Chaotic Days?

Dear Diary,

Pause.
I'm sipping my coffee and taking a hit off some chronic ganja before this morning's entry.

Focus.
How many people even keep diaries these days?
In particular, digital diaries?

Question.
Why keep a diary? There's so many other ways 2020 is being documented by the media and authors of every stripe.

Answer.
Because it's personal. We all look at the events around us with different perceptions. Mine is unique. All of us are unique in what we see in a given moment. 

Rules.
There are no rules in keeping a diary. I can ramble on about anything, as long as I do it on a daily basis and somehow mention current events. A date is required however.

Benefits.
Sharing my fears and personal feelings is cathartic. Writing in itself is cathartic. I feel like I have more control when I document facts and share them.

A book vs a digital Diary.
The biggest difference in writing an old-fashioned diary in a book is you can conceal it somewhere, and not worry about anyone seeing it,
in...
a digital diary it's open for all to inspect online at anytime.

How long?
The question I'm asking myself is how long do I want to keep this Pandemic Diary going? When a vaccine is found, that would probably be the logical place to end this diary. Meanwhile, I'll take it day by day...
On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
(photo by Sean Meagher/Oregonian)
This is going to be a familiar national story soon:
Portland protestors get COVID-19. 

Ethan Snyder is one of about a half dozen protestors who has caught the infection after a week of protests.

There's no way to know if there's more cases because authorities haven't been doing tracing, and not enough testing to tell just how many people caught the coronavirus from the protesting community in Portland.

The seven confirmed cases were from people who went to get tested on their own after fatigue, fevers, aches and body chills sent them to the emergency wards.
Only getting worse
The coronavirus stronghold on Oregon could persist at current record-setting case counts or potentially surge to 1,000 new infections a day before the fourth of July, according to state modeling released Friday.

Quote for the Day; "The need to document my insanity is an affliction I have not yet cured myself of..." -Lydia Lunch

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 89: Stop. Drop. Take Cover

Stop. Drop. Take Cover.
Dear Diary,

Showing my age this morning by bringing up the Cold War. 

I was in school, and like school kids nationwide, I was taught to - in the case of an alert - to stop what I was doing, to drop down, and to cover my head with my hands.

Just thinking about that image makes me shake my head at the futility of those actions against a nuclear bomb dropping nearby.

Living During a Pandemic

With the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases across the country the need for people to stop gathering in large crowds has never been more important.

This is not the time to drop safety measures like wearing face masks in public.

It is a time to take cover from the coronavirus by using methods like social distancing and using common sense.

In retrospect, the Cold War seems like a picnic compared to the effects of the pandemic and Trump's lack of leadership. America is a ship that lost it's rudder when Trump was elected. Current events affirm that contention.

Trump doesn't care about the coronavirus, and he's ignoring the advise of top healthcare officials. He just wants to be re-elected and will go to any extreme to make it happen.

Trump's upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is set on the anniversary of the biggest white-on-black massacre in American history. What's more there will be no safety precautions taken.

That's why his election campaign is warning people if they get COVID-19 because of attending his rally... it's tough shit. 
To confirm the message each attendee gets to sign a piece of paper saying they won't hold the organizers (or anyone else) responsible if they get, and die, from COVID-19.

We're in the middle of the biggest economic setback in history. 
We're surrounded by an invisible killer, the coronavirus,
and we have the worst president in American history subverting democracy at every opportunity.

A new generation in America is tired of systemic racism, and our corrupt government run by a sociopath with an ego so big, he believes everyone loves him, when in fact most loath him.


On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
Growing awareness

It seems Gov. Kate Brown has finally got the message - coronavirus cases are increasing - not decreasing.

So she put a ban on all applications to reopen for at least a week. It may last longer if cases continue to increase.

Oregon recorded another all-time high in COVID-19 infections in a single day on Thursday, with 178 new cases, bringing the state total to 5,237. Thus far, the death toll is 178.

I'm keeping in mind what the effects of the mass protests will surely bring... more cases. 

**Power outage in Medford - I've lived here for nearly eight years and have never experienced a longer power outage than the one we had Thursday night. 

I suspect it was caused by the sudden storm that hit. The damn thing reminded me of the monsoon rains in Vietnam. It was gone in less than 10 minutes after savaging everything in it's way.

Quote for the Day; "We must substitute courage for caution.-Martin Luther King

Friday, June 12, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 88: The Killer That's Still Among Us

Dear Diary,

Alert! The killer is still among us.

More than 1,000 Americans are still dying daily from the coronavirus. 

There's been over two million cases reported thus far as the count climbs amid an unofficial opening two weeks ago when hundreds of cities were packed by protestors against police brutality.

Most of the protestors didn't practice social-distancing as they poured out into the streets, despite CDC regulations against such mass gatherings.

Mixed with the protestors were people who simply had enough of staying indoors. Coupled with Trump's magical thinking that the country was ready to reopen, the flood gates were thrown open.

Too many people are acting like the COVID-19 is no longer among us, or if it is, so what? The danger lies in denial of what's quietly happening as Americans resume activities without proper safe guards.

Coronavirus cases are increasing. Another 1,299 Americans died yesterday. With the country opening up come what may, despite alarming indications that the coronavirus is intensifying its assault, the result is inevitable.

The invisible killer walking among us has no party affiliations, or respect of human life. Healthcare officials are now predicting that another 100,000 people will die by September. 

Over a dozen states have recorded spikes in hospitalization. Arizona is on the verge of having no way to treat the influx with hospitals approaching full capacity. 

People want their lives back. I get that. It's ironic that many who feel liberated and are ignoring healthcare experts and going back to their routines, will die, or will come down with the virus.

It's also ironic that 50 percent of Americans still don't feel safe going outdoors. It's a desperate choice to make. One that every individual will have to consider with the possible ramifications of infecting a loved one or friend.


On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon

**A bad decision - A rare and endangered fish found only in Oregon in one lake, was removed from the endangered species list. 

**Troubling news - Oregon uses coronavirus data to make decisions about reopening. But it refuses to release that data. Why? 

It's clear to me that politics are involved. Something I've seen too much of in recent days with governors opening up their states prematurely because of politics.

**Got contact tracers? - In April state officials said they'd need to hire 631 people to do contact tracing. The state used that figure to create county-level staffing targets. Sounded good.

The reality is no one seems to know how many contact tracers have been hired. The Oregon State Health Authority has not provided basic statistics and has been under fire from statewide media to do so. Someone needs to get off their ass!

Quote for the Day; "I only fear danger where I want to fear it." -Franz Kafka

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 87: Trump Tantrum: Reality Spurs Hiring Discredited Pollster

Dear Diary,

Trump has had it with pretending he doesn't live in an alternate world where he's the king.

It's full-on fiction time as negative national polls rattled his cage so badly lately that he's openly using an other-reality fix to prove them wrong.

When Fox News, his favorite propaganda outlet released a poll that showed him behind Biden by eight points, he railed against they're pollster and said he should be fired.

If there's two things Trump can't stand it's the truth and reality. He's counting on an uneducated core base that believes any conspiracy theory he trumpets.

So he hired a Republican pollster McLaughlin and Associates to "analyze" those nasty polls that showed him trailing behind Biden with double figures.

Surprise! Surprise! The firm outdid their selves in telling lies and making up flimsy excuses on why all those other polls didn't like The Donald. This is just a hint about what Trump would do if Biden wins the election.

His inability to see the reality of the situation swirling around in a nation racked by a pandemic and riots over police brutality, is a fatal flaw that will contribute to his loss in November.

Paying people to tell him what he wants to hear is nothing new for Don the Con. His corruption continues to contribute to the chaos in America during a time of much-needed unity and reality.

 But get this... national Republicans are warning candidates to stay away from veteran GOP pollster John McLaughlin who has a history of missing the mark by a wide margin.

It was McLaughlin's poor performance for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that really worries Republicans. He predicted just weeks before Cantor's loss that he was up by a huge margin.

None of this seems to worry Trump who isn't concerned about facts and accuracy. He just needed someone else to hop on the Trump train and help him distort and twist facts for the next 145 days.

On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
Iggy Allergy!
Our poor Italian Greyhound, Butters, was being tortured by the high pollen count in Medford lately. 

One of his eyes became swollen, and he was scratching his body constantly.

Took him to the veterinarian and she confirmed his problem was an allergic reaction. 

She gave him a steroid shot and eye drops which helped him almost immediately.

As someone who constantly fights allergies, I sympathized with his plight. I'm just glad we were able to do something about it.

COVID stats - There's been five new cases of people dying from the virus. The count is now 169. Confirmed novel coronavirus cases continue to climb. We're at 5,000 now.

In the last 24 hours, the state recorded 70 new cases of coronavirus. These stats are not very reassuring, especially the most recent showing the curve going up...not down.

Quote for the Day; "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -Philip K. Dick 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 86: Why Biden Should Be a One-Term President

Dear Diary,

I really like Joe Biden.

The country needs Joe's empathy. 

He's a regular Joe. Just like you, and I. He's a people person with a love for this country that guides him.

Biden is what America needs right now. A normal president, and not a wannabe dictator. Joe unites. Trump divides. His ability to reach out to minorities is critical right now, as he enjoys overwhelming support from the black community.

Why one-term is enough for Joe

Biden is no spring chicken. He's 77 years-old. Four years from now he'll be 81.   

He isn't going to be a progressive juggernaut instilling major reforms. His job is to un-do most of the things Trump's done - like neutering the EPA and restoring America's standing with the world and our old allies.

While Joe is the perfect foil in the moment against an unhinged Trump, we can't count on that being the case in 2024. Timing is everything. Right now it's Joe's time.

Regardless of how comfortable most people are with Joe today, the kind old uncle image is only going so far. He's going to be attacked relentlessly in the next four years by Republicans who'll cast him as a doddering old fool out of touch with the country.

The fact that Joe isn't talking about serving two-terms is a good for two reasons; one, the country won't be secondary to a re-election campaign like in Trump's case. Two, whoever he picks as his VP is going to be a woman, and a strong presidential candidate for the Democratic Party in 2024.

At this moment in our history the country needs a caretaker, a healer, and someone who'll unite all Americans into a common cause of equality and justice for all.

On the Homestead - Medford, Oregon
I knew it! 
All along I've been wondering why no one's talking about the upward trend of the virus in Oregon. It's been downplayed for reasons unknown to me.

What I do know is more Oregonians have been identified with coronavirus in the past week than any point since the pandemic began, according to the Oregon Health Authority. 

At the same time, residents in the hospital with the virus spiked by 40 percent. There's been 620 confirmed or presumed COVID-19 infections in the past week, including the state's largest and second-largest daily case totals of 146 on Sunday and 114 on Monday.

Quote for the Day; "Empathy healed the moment. Words were not necessary when compassion created understanding in grief." Mala Naidoo 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 85: America's Racial Conscience on Trial

Dear Diary,

Nationwide violence marred many of the earlier protests over George Floyd's murder. 

After two weeks of continued protests, arrests have shown a common denominator among the rabble rousers... they were white supremacists mingled with other groups who hate blacks and minorities

I've read reports that organized gang members also took advantage of the chaos to systematically loot in their own neighborhoods.

As I watched a video of Virginia's Klu Klux Klan leader drive his pick-up truck into a crowd of protestors a couple of days ago, I couldn't help but think about Trump's infamous Charlottesville comment, "There's good people on both sides," - referring to white nationalists on one, and protestors against racism on the other.

The groundswell of outrage and empathy resulting from Floyd's death marked an inflection point in the American racial conscience.

That point turned into a symphony stating the case for racial equality, and reverberated around the world with protests breaking out from London to Paris in sympathy.  

I'm somewhat heartened to see the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that was released Sunday. The results showed Americans by a 2-to-one margin are more troubled by the actions of the police in the killing of Floyd than by violence at some protest. 

But Trump, the great divider, wants to "dominate" protestors and "start shooting when the looting starts." His hardcore approach that police are heroes and protestors are criminals worked in 2016. The so-called Law and Order candidate resonated back then.

This is 2020 and the majority of Americans have had enough of Trump. They see what he's done to the country in just three-and-a-half years, and fear what four more years could bring.

Stopping intrenched racial bias in any police department is difficult and almost impossible unless everyone is fired and all new people hired. Even then there's no assurance that everything will work out between the new hires and the public.

I've seen what I thought were other turning points in history during the last 70 years, and was disappointed when the conversations slowly disappeared into the political maelstrom of politics and polarization.

Therefore, I find myself skeptical this movement for racial equality will achieve what some hope it will. Good things may come out of it. I sure hope they do.

If Trump's hardline handling of the protests becomes another factor in his loss to Joe Biden in November, then some progress has been made. Getting rid of a racist president should go a long way towards healing.

On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
Portland police chief Jami Resch (Photo by Beth Nakamura/Oregonian) 
stepped down and had an African American lieutenant fill her job.

Not six months into her job Resch resigned from her position yesterday. 

The stunning change in leadership comes as city police are under fire for their handling of massive protests across the country.

Meanwhile protestors took to the streets for the 11th consecutive night of demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism.

**It's quiet in Medford - Very few people are out and about downtown. A lot of small local businesses opening to less than 50 percent capacity, following safety recommendations.

I'm still not comfortable enough to eat out yet. The way I see it, cases of the coronavirus are still on an upward trend in Oregon. They may be going up slowly, but they're steady.

Quote for the Day; "In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place." -Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, June 8, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 84: USA Has Been Going the Wrong Way Since Trump Was Elected


Dear Diary,

If it wasn't for the electoral college America could have gone in another direction.

Away from racism.

Away from calling white supremacists "...good people too."

The day Trump was sworn in, democracy took a hit like never before. A sociopath, con man, and egotist set about stripping away people's rights and protections in pursuit of a dictatorship.

After three-and-a-half years of his ruinous reign, the majority of Americans think the country is going in the wrong direction. 
It's official
According to a collection of polls released yesterday, 80 percent of Americans believe we're going in the wrong direction. That's a massive majority of very unhappy, and worried people.

It's taken his total lack of leadership during the pandemic and the national protests for equality and justice, to fully expose what a despicable leader he is.

Fun fact: Trump is approaching 20,000 fact-checked lies this week. Are they finally catching up to him and causing problems? It appears so. You can't lead when people no-longer trust anything you say.

It seems like an eternity between now and November 3rd. That's because I don't know what horrible thing(s) Trump will do tomorrow, or the next day. Continued chaos is guaranteed.

I'm surprised to see the call for racial equality and justice for George Floyd turn into a worldwide protest. There's been a strong fascist movement marginalizing minorities in Europe and other countries for too long. 

The widespread pushback by citizens in major cities got it's spark here in America with the Black Lives Matter movement. We should be proud of that.

Now that the fire has been lit, and the challenge picked up, America has a chance to show the world we are still the leading democracy that bears duplicating.

For this to happen, Americans have to dump Trump at the ballot box.

Whether it's in our police departments, fire departments, or the government itself, we need to set a shining example of democracy for people around the world. 


On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
Cheers! 
It's beer-drinking time at the bar in our backyard. 

The weather has been nice - a little rain on the weekend - but week days have been warm (80s and 90s); perfect for gardening or drinking beer.

**Not good news
Forestry officials are predicting a severe and complex wildfire season amid a drought and COVID-19. 

To make matters worse, officials are still searching for money to pay for it! I sure hope the Rogue Valley isn't filled with smoke again like two years ago. Our air quality was the worst in the nation for over a week!

**COVID stats - No new deaths - number is still 161. Confirmed coronavirus cases climbed to 4,570. We still have a slow upward trend of cases and have not leveled off, yet we've entered Phase Two of the state reopening. Not sure what to think about this.

Quote for the Day; "It's better to walk alone than going with a crowd that's going in the wrong direction." -Anonymous

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 83: A Worldwide Call For Equality Starts in America

Dear Diary,

The spark may have started in the United States with the video of four policeman murdering an unarmed black man, but the tinder was laid worldwide.

Racists - whose actions have become too frequent in Europe and America - were confronted by thousands of people around the globe calling for an end to racism and demanding social justice, for two weeks now.

Fascism has been raising it's ugly head around the world for years now. America is fighting another war with fascist forces from within. The Nazis were easy to identify in WWII. Today's fascists wrap themselves in the cloak of the Republican Party under a wannabe Hitler.

Nationalism and white supremacy has blended into a wealthy quasi- conservative culture led by Trump. What's happening now with the protests is a preview of things to come. Americans are tired of racism. Cities, large and small, have made that message clear.

Equality and justice is the goal of all good Americans. Watching the protests, regardless of where they're being held, I see as many whites as I do blacks participating. 

That is history in the making. Looking back at past civil rights protests in the 1960s, and over the years, most of the people marching were of color.

We're experiencing a societal shift in these protests against fascism and racism. Americans are signaling they've had enough of Trump's clown show. 

The violent death of George Floyd took the cork out of the bottle, and released the genie of change.  

There's no looking back. America has to restore it's honor and work through it's challenges... as a people united in the belief that we are all equal before the eyes of God.


On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
Protest in Medford -
Unlike the small group of bored youth who were hanging around downtown earlier this week, we had a much more organized protest yesterday. (Photo by Andy Atkinson/Mail Tribune)

There was an eight-minute stretch of silence during which protestors took a knee in symbolic remembrance of the length for which George Floyd, was held down by Minneapolis police until he died.

It was a peaceful protest with very little police presence.

**COVID Stats - We had two more deaths overnight to bring the total to 163 today. There's been 4,662 confirmed COVID-19 cases thus far reported.

**We made the cut - Jackson County (includes Medford) is one of 20 counties that have met the required number of reported COVID-19 cases to justify moving on to Phase 2 of reopening. Gyms and restaurants are extending hours and offering more services.

Quote for the Day; "Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that's it. We're all people. We're all equal." -Connor Franta

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