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Jackson County reports 60 new COVID-19 cases

Thirteen more Oregonians have died from COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday.

The ages of those who died ranged from 52 to 98 years of age, according to an OHA news release. The new deaths raised Oregon’s death toll from the disease to 778. Eight of the deceased were men, and five were women. Ten of the patients reportedly had underlying medical conditions, while the presence of underlying conditions in the three other patients is not yet known.

Four of the deaths in Multnomah County and three were in Marion County, with single deaths in Douglas, Umatilla, Lane, Linn, Washington, and Clackamas counties, the release said.

OHA officials reported 935 new cases of the illness, raising the total number of statewide cases to 58,570. Of the new cases 60 were in Jackson County, according to Jackson County Public Health. The number of local cases still considered infectious by public health officials was not immediately available, but the total number of cases in the county is 2,960. Of that number, 210 cases have required hospitalization, public health reported. Ten Jackson County residents have died from the illness.

Oregon’s two-week “freeze” begins Wednesday due to a recent spike in new cases and hospitalizations. Social gatherings indoors and outdoors are capped at six people from no more than two households. Faith-based services will be limited to maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.

Restaurants will be limited to take-out and delivery only, while gyms, zoos, public gardens, aquariums, entertainment venues, museums, pools and sports courts will be closed. Grocery stores and pharmacies will be limited to 75% of normal capacity, and all business are required to mandate employees work from home “to the greatest extent possible,” with offices closed to the public. Indoors visits to long-term care facilities are also prohibited.