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Jackson County at 28 COVID-19 deaths

Three more Jackson County residents have died from COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority announced in a release Thursday, while 64 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus were added to the county’s totals.

Statewide, health officials recorded 1,514 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths, bringing the Oregon’s coronavirus case count to 70,006 and death toll to 882.

The latest local fatalities recorded by the state included a 90-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 3 and died Nov. 17 at his residence, a 77-year-old woman who tested positive Nov. 12 and died Nov. 22 at her residence and an 86-year-old woman who tested positive Nov. 6 and died at her residence Nov. 22, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Officials had not yet determined whether any of the local patients had underlying conditions.

One of the fatalities recorded Thursday by the state involved a case previously reported by Jackson County Health and Human Services. As of Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority listed Jackson County as having 3,643 cases and 28 fatalities.

The county did not release its own numbers Thursday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Other fatalities included residents of Coos, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Umatilla and Union counties in their 60s, 70s and 80s, according to the state. One of the cases involving a 61-year-old Multnomah County man, had COVID-19 listed on his death certificate as a cause of death.

Of the 1,514 new cases, the new cases included 289 in Multnomah County, 283 in Washington County, 206 in Marion County, 152 in Clackamas County, 91 in Lane County, 67 in Deschutes County, 45 in Linn and Umatilla counties, 31 in Yamhill County, 26 in Josephine and Polk counties, 19 in Hood River County, 15 in Klamath and Wasco counties, 13 in Coos County, nine in Columbia and Curry counties, six in Clatsop, Jefferson and Tillamook counties, four in Crook County, three in Grant, Harney and Union counties, two in Baker County and one in Wallowa County.

Oregon Health Authority hospital data showed hospital capacity easing slightly. As of numbers available Thursday, there were 61 non intensive care unit beds in Jackson and Josephine County beds vacant out of 447 and 13 ICU beds vacant out of 57.

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