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Jackson County at 1,471 COVID-19 cases

Health officials recorded 24 new coronavirus cases in Jackson County on Saturday, bringing the latest case total to 1,471.

Of those 1,471 cases, 207 cases are considered active or infectious, meaning that the patient is shedding the virus at a rate likely to infect another person, according to the latest data from Jackson County Health and Human Services.

Broken down by age range, those 207 active cases include 12 children younger than 9, 32 youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 46 people in their 20s, 33 people in their 30s, 25 people in their 40s, 32 people in their 50s, 15 people in their 60s, four people in their 70s, seven people in their 80s and one patient whose age was not yet available.

Since the start of the pandemic, 107 patients have been hospitalized. Those hospitalizations include 3 children younger than 9, eight people in their 20s, eight people in their 30s, 12 people in their 40s, 26 people in their 50s, 20 people in their 60s, 15 people in their 70s and 15 people 80 or older.

The death rate in Jackson County was unchanged as of Saturday at six patients. Those deaths have involved two patients in their 60s, three patients in their 70s and one person 80 years or older.

The majority of cases since the start of the pandemic have been recorded in west Medford, according to county data as of Wednesday, with 475 cases reported in the 97501 ZIP code. East Medford 97504 has 281 cases, White City has 175 cases, Central Point has 145 cases, Ashland has 71 cases, Eagle Point has 70 cases, Talent has 49 cases, Phoenix has 29 cases, Rogue River has 21 cases, Gold Hill and Jacksonville have each recorded 20 cases and Trail and Shady Cove have each recorded between one and nine cases.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority recorded 388 new cases and three new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 39,316 and the death toll to 620.

The latest deaths include an 83-year-old Multnomah County man, an 83-year-old Wallowa County woman and a 92-year-old Marion County man. Each of the three patients had underlying conditions.

By county, the newest cases included 95 in Multnomah, 50 in Washington, 48 in Lane, 30 in Clackamas, 24 in Jackson, 13 each in Deschutes and Umatilla, eight in Linn and Polk counties, seven in Douglas, six in Yamhill, five in Coos and Crook, four in Columbia, two in Benton and Josephine, and one each in the counties of Baker, Klamath, Morrow, Union, Wallowa and Wasco.

Around the state there are currently 190 patients hospitalized with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, including 44 patients in intensive care units and 15 patients on ventilators, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Hospitals around the state have a total of 161 ICU beds for adults and 786 ventilators.

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