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Oregon reports third day of 400-plus new COVID-19 cases

State health officials saw Oregon’s new coronavirus cases exceed 400 for the third back-to-back day, but Jackson County’s new case count — while hardly slowing — is not setting the same records.

The Oregon Health Authority recorded 409 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases Saturday, including 24 new cases in Jackson County, along with two new deaths, according to the latest state public health data.

The state has exceeded the 400-mark every day since Thursday, when health officials recorded a record-setting 484 cases, followed by Friday’s 425 new cases. The new cases bring the state’s total to 36,924 and the death toll to 599.

Broken down by county, the state’s new cases include 75 in Multnomah County, 73 in Lane County, 50 in Marion County, 47 in Washington County, 32 in Clackamas County, 24 in Jackson County, 14 in Linn County, 12 in Malheur County, 11 cases each in Deschutes, Klamath, Umatilla and Yamhill counties, five in Wasco County, four in Baker and Crook counties, three in Curry, Douglas, Hood River and Jefferson counties, two in Benton, Columbia, Lincoln and Morrow counties, and one new case in Gilliam, Harney and Polk counties.

The state’s two latest deaths were each Washington County residents who died at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. One patient was a 76-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 10 and died Oct. 4, and the other was an 88-year-old woman who tested positive Sept. 28 and died Oct. 9. Each of the two patients had underlying conditions, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Jackson County on Saturday netted 24 new cases, according to the state and the latest Jackson County Health and Human Services data. That included 25 new cases recorded Saturday, one new case added to Thursday’s tally following an Oregon Health Authority review of a suspected case originally tested out of state, and subtracting two earlier cases officials found during follow-up to be duplicates.

Including the adjustments, Jackson County recorded 116 cases between Oct. 4 and 10 — an increase from the 106 cases the previous week, but not the high water mark of 130 cases recorded in August.

The newest cases bring the county’s latest case count to 1,358, of which 201 are considered active infectious, meaning the patients are shedding the virus at a rate that risks infecting other people.

Broken down by age, the active infectious cases include three children younger than 9 years old, 41 youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 37 people in their 20s, 47 people in their 30s, 24 people in their 40s, 26 people in their 50s, 12 people in their 60s, four people in their 70s and six people older than 80. The patient’s age for one active case was not yet available.

There have been 95 hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. The hospitalizations include three children younger than 9, six people in their 20s, seven people in their 30s, 10 people in their 40s, 24 people in their 50s, 18 people in their 60s, 14 people in their 70s, and 13 people older than 80.

Broken down by ZIP code, 436 cases are patients in west Medford 97501, 245 are in east Medford 97504, 171 in White City, 130 in Central Point, 65 in Ashland, 64 in Eagle Point, 49 in Talent, 29 in Phoenix, 22 in Rogue River, 20 in Jacksonville and 19 in Gold Hill, according to Jackson County Public Health data as of Wednesday.

Six Jackson County patients have died after testing positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.