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Jackson County logs third COVID-19 death

A 73-year-old Jackson County man died Aug. 29 from COVID-19, Jackson County Public Health reported Wednesday.

The man was diagnosed with the illness Aug. 14, and died at Rogue Regional Medical Center 15 days later. He had underlying medical conditions. Jackson County has now recorded three local deaths from the disease.

The agency reported 14 new cases of the illness Wednesday, bringing the local total to 835.

Oregon reported 140 new cases of the disease Wednesday, along with three more deaths. The state’s total rose to 27,075 cases, with 468 deaths.

Last week, Oregon saw the fewest COVID-19 cases since the end of June, OHA said.

From Aug. 24, through Aug. 30, the Oregon Health Authority reported 1,558 new cases of the illness, a drop of about 8.7%. OHA also reported 39 deaths from the disease, a jump of seven from the previous week.

Earlier this week, OHA reported that the percentage of positive tests in Oregon had dropped to 4.4%, which is the lowest it’s been since June 27, according to an OHA report.