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Two more Jackson County residents die of COVID-19

Jackson County Public Health reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths Tuesday, raising the local totals to 3,491 cases and 25 fatalities.

The deaths included a 72-year-old woman who tested positive Oct. 26 and died Nov. 21 at Rogue Regional Medical Center, and an 82-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 2 and died Nov. 21 at RRMC. The man had underlying medical conditions, while the woman’s underlying health was not reported.

So far 334 cases of the illness have occurred at area care facilities, senior living communities and congregate living settings, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The cases include staff, residents and close contacts linked to the facilities. Fifteen deaths have been traced to those facilities, with eight at Avamere Three Fountains, two at Avamere Health Services of the Rogue Valley, and five at Table Rock Memory Care, according to county data.

OHA reported 1,011 new cases and 21 more deaths statewide Tuesday, raising the state’s total to 67,333 cases and pushing the death toll to 847.

On Tuesday, 474 Oregonians were hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 18 from Monday. Of those, 113 were in intensive care.

Fifty-six people in Jackson and Josephine counties were in the hospital from COVID-19 Tuesday, down five from Monday.

Of the 57 ICU beds in Jackson and Josephine county, 42 beds were occupied Tuesday, according to state data. Of the region’s 447 non-ICU beds, 384 were occupied.