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Three COVID-19 fatalities linked to Southern Oregon care facilities

Jackson County public health officials recorded 91 new coronavirus cases and released new data surrounding outbreaks at local assisted living facilities that have led to three fatalities.

The 91 new cases recorded Friday by Jackson County Health and Human Services brings the county’s latest case count to 2,695 — 736 of which are considered infectious.

The county has linked 237 cases to outbreaks at eight care facilities and convalescent homes, according to a Jackson County Public Health release. The cases include staff, residents and close contacts linked to the care home outbreaks.

Two fatalities are linked to an outbreak first reported Nov. 2 at Avamere at Three Fountains in Medford, which is now up to 98 cases. A third fatality is linked to an outbreak of 53 cases at Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley that was first reported Oct. 4 linked to 53 cases.

Other outbreaks include 49 cases at Table Rock Memory Care Community in Medford in an outbreak first reported Nov. 8. Twelve cases linked to an outbreak at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford in an outbreak first reported Oct. 6. Ten cases are linked to Linda Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ashland since Oct. 16. Eight cases are linked to Orchard Assisted Living since Oct. 5. Four cases have been linked to Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Medford since Oct. 10. Three cases are linked to Avamere at Waterford in Medford.

Jackson County Health and Human Services states that they’ll update care home related outbreaks daily going forward.

Statewide, the Oregon Health authority reported 1,076 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, bringing Oregon’s state total to 54,937 and death toll to 753.

Two of the deaths include the 80- and 87-year-old men who died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center that Jackson County health officials reported Thursday.

Other deaths reported Friday by the OHA included an 82-year-old Marion County woman, a 77-year-old Multnomah County woman, a 38-year-old Marion County man, an 80-year-old Multnomah County man and an 84-year-old Benton County woman.

The 38-year-old Marion County man did not have underlying conditions, and had tested positive Oct. 30 and died Nov. 6 at his residence. All others fatalities recorded Friday were patients with underlying conditions, acording to the OHA.

Broken down by county, the latest cases included 247 in Multnomah, 148 in Washington, 123 in Marion, 95 in Clackamas, 77 in Lane, 39 in Malheur, 40 in Umatilla, 39 in Malheur, 31 in Yamhill, 28 in Deschutes, 26 in Douglas, 18 in Benton, 15 each in Jefferson and Linn, 14 in Polk, 10 in Union, seven in Josephine, six in Baker, Coos and Harney counties, four in Columbia, Klamath, Lake and Tillamook counties, three in Crook, Morrow and Wasco counties, two in Hood River, Lincoln and Wallowa counties and one in Clatsop, Curry and Gilliam counties.

The OHA also issued temporary streamlined contact tracing and case investigation protocols for local health authorities during the surge in cases, according to a Friday release.

On Friday, Gov. Kate Brown restored "critical restrictions" effective Nov. 18 to Dec. 2.

The restrictions include:

  • Take-out only from restaurants and bars
  • Closing all gym
  • Closing indoor recreational and entertainment facilities, including theaters, museums, pools, sports courts and hosting venues
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, entertainment activities, including pools and hosting venues
  • Faith-based gatherings are limited to 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors
  • Prohibiting indoor visits to long-term care facilities
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to 75% capacity and encourages curbside pick-up
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls — both indoor and outdoor — to a 75% capacity and encourages curbside pick-up
  • Requiring all businesses mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and close offices to the public

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