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Jackson County at 222 COVID-19 cases

Public health officials tallied seven new COVID-19 cases involving Jackson County residents, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services data released Saturday.

The latest case count brings the number of presumed and confirmed cornavirus cases to 222, of which 66 are classified as “active infectious cases.”

Jackson County Public Health defines “active infectious” cases as individuals who tested positive and “shedding the virus” at a rate that “might infect other people.”

The active infectious cases include 5 children younger than 9 years old, 4 juveniles between the ages of 10 and 19, 14 individuals in their 20s, 7 individuals in their 30s, 11 individuals in their 40s, 7 individuals in their 50s, 8 individuals in their 60s, 4 individuals in their 70s and 6 individuals 80 years or older.

Hospitalizations have increased by 4 cases since Wednesday, according to Jackson County Public Health data and earlier news reports, with 20 of the county’s 222 cases involving hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic.

There are 44 cases in west Medford’s 97501 ZIP code, 36 in east Medford 97504, 31 cases in Central Point, 26 in White City, 12 in Eagle Point, 11 in Ashland, and nine or fewer cases in the cities of Gold Hill, Jacksonville, Rogue River, Phoenix and Talent, according to Jackson County Public Health data.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority recorded 353 new cases and 3 new deaths — a 78-year-old Marion County man, a 60-year-old Wallowa County man and an 81-year-old Lincoln County man, bringing the latest case count to 14,149 and the death toll to 257.