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33 more Jackson County COVID-19 cases linked to Southern Oregon care homes

Public health officials in Jackson County recorded 109 new coronavirus cases Saturday — close to a third of which are linked to outbreaks at local care facilities.

Jackson County Health and Human Services added 33 new COVID-19 cases linked to outbreak investigations at four Southern Oregon care homes, bringing the latest total of cases linked to assisted living facilities to 270.

Avamere at Three Fountains in Medford recorded 10 new cases Saturday for a total of 108 cases including two fatalities since Nov. 2, according to a Jackson County Public Health release. Avamere Health Services Rogue Valley in Medford recorded four new cases, bringing its total to 57 cases with one fatality since Oct. 4; Avamere Waterford in Medford recorded one new case Saturday bringing its total to four cases since Nov. 4 and Table Rock Memory Care in Medford added 18 new cases bringing its total to 67 cases since Nov. 8.

In a statement issued by Avamere earlier this week, the Wilsonville based company stated that the company is working with state and local health officials to mitigate the spread of the virus, tests staff and patients regularly and shares the data with health officials and on its own website avamere.com/covid-19-data/.

In a quotes attributed to Dr. Elizabeth Burns, Avamere’s Chief Medical Officer, Burns states that the company has been “humbled by this virus.”

“As a skilled nursing facility providing compassionate patient-centered care, we are also a family humbled by this virus, fiercely dedicated to protecting and caring for our staff and our most vulnerable population,” Burns’ statement read in part.

The 109 new cases bring Jackson County’s total to 2,806 cases, of which 769 patients are considered active or infectious. Two earlier cases were found to be patients from other areas, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services, and removed from Jackson County’s total.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority recorded 1,097 new cases and six new deaths, bringing the state total to 56,018 and the death toll to 759.

The six new deaths included Multnomah County residents in their 60s, 80s and 90s, an 84-year-old Clackamas County man and an 87-year-old Lane County man. Three of the patients had underlying conditions, but the presence of underlying conditions was under investigation in two of the Multnomah County fatalities and the Lane County fatality.

The Oregon Health Authority also issued corrected information about Oregon’s 749th death, a 38-year-old Marion County man erroneously reported yesterday as having no underlying conditions. Officials said Saturday that the man had underlying conditions and that they regret the error.

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