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Oregon reports 11 more deaths from COVID-19

The Oregon Health Authority reported 11 more deaths in the state from COVID-19 Tuesday.

Eight of those deaths occurred weeks or months ago and are only just now being reported as being caused by COVID-19. OHA receives death certificates from the Office of Vital Statistics, and epidemiologists review them for Oregonians who have COVID-19 listed as either a main or contributing cause of death. But sometimes deaths reported to individual counties don’t have a cause of death listed, and the death is not counted as a COVID-19-related death, a news release said.

“During data reconciliation by OHA, additional COVID-19-related deaths may be found and reported,” the release said.

OHA also reported 302 new cases of the illness Tuesday, including 11 in Jackson County. Oregon’s death toll from COVID-19 is now 368, with the total number of cases rising to 21,774.

Jackson County has now recorded 485 cases of the illness, according to Jackson County Public Health. In the county, 39 people have been hospitalized, 153 patients remain infectious, and two people have died from the illness.