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Jackson County at 31 coronavirus deaths

Local and state health officials each set records in the number of new COVID-19 cases Saturday.

The Oregon Health Authority recorded 1,669 new cases Saturday — including 124 in Jackson County — according to releases from the state and Jackson County Health & Human Services.

The 124 new Jackson County cases surpasses the previous record set Nov. 12 by one case, Mail Tribune records show.

Jackson County health officials also recorded two more COVID-19 related deaths Saturday — both of them linked to outbreaks at two Medford assisted living homes — along with 124 new COVID-19 cases.

A 93-year-old woman and a 79-year-old man are the latest fatalities recorded Saturday, bringing the county’s death toll to 31 deaths. One of the new deaths is linked to an outbreak at Avamere at Three Fountains in Medford and another is linked to a death at Table Rock Memory Care in Medford.

The deaths bring the latest number of COVID-19 fatalities linked to Jackson County care homes to 19, according to Jackson County Public Health data as of Saturday. The number of infections was unchanged from Friday’s numbers at 353.

Avamere at Three Fountains in Medford is at 124 COVID-19 cases and 10 fatalities stemming from an outbreak first reported Nov. 2, Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley in Medford is at 77 cases and two deaths in an outbreak first reported Oct. 4, Avamere at Waterford in Medford is at four cases in an outbreak first reported Nov. 4, Table Rock Memory Care is at 108 cases and seven deaths in an outbreak first reported Nov. 8, Linda Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ashland is at 11 cases since Oct. 16, Orchard Assisted Living in Medford is at 10 cases since Oct. 5 and Rogue Valley Manor is at 19 cases since in Oct. 6.

The 124 new cases bring Jackson County’s current case count to 3,769, of which 663 are considered active or infectious — meaning that the patient is shedding the virus at a rate likely to infect someone else.

Broken down by age, the active infections include 19 children younger than nine years old, 55 youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 109 people in their 20s, 103 people in their 30s, 84 people in their 40s, 82 people in their 50s, 63 people in their 60s, 68 people in their 70s, 79 people age 80 or older and one patient whose age was not yet available.

As of Saturday, 255 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic. Those hospitalizations include three children younger than nine years old, two children between the ages of 10 and 19, 13 people in their 20s, 20 people in their 30s, 19 people in their 40s, 46 people in their 50s, 48 people in their 60s, 44 people in their 70s, 57 people age 80 or older and three patients whose ages were not yet available.

There were 47 COVID-positive patients in Southern Oregon hospitals as of Friday Oregon Health Authority data for hospital Region 5 — consisting of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties. The number was an increase by one from Thursday, but a drop from Monday’s record 61 coronavirus patients in Region 5 hospitals.

Region 5 hospital capacity Saturday showed 82 non intensive care unit beds available out of 447 and 12 of 57 ICU beds available.

Statewide, the hospitalization data was a mixed bag with 529 hospitalizations Saturday — an increase over Friday by eight cases, according to the Oregon Health Authority — but nine fewer patients in intensive care units at 106 ICU patients.

About 84 percent of the state’s 4,419 non-ICU hospital beds were utilized as of Saturday, and a little more than three quarters of the state’s ICU beds were occupied, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Broken down by county, the state’s 1,669 new COVID-19 cases include 701 cases in Multnomah, 164 each in Clackamas and Washington counties, 124 in Jackson, 84 in Klamath, 70 in Marion, 64 in Deschutes, 49 in Lane, 48 in Yamhill, 45 in Polk, 24 in Umatilla, 17 in Benton, 13 in Josephine, 11 in Columbia, 10 in Douglas, nine in Linn, eight in Clatsop, Malheur and Union counties, seven in Lake, six in Baker and Jefferson counties, five in Wasco, four in Curry, three in Coos, Harney, Lincoln Morrow and Tillamook counties, two in Crook and Hood River counties and one in Gilliam County.

Statewide, the 11 deaths included a 56-year-old Coos County man with underlying conditions, two residents in their 60s from Douglas and Lane counties, three residents in their 70s from Jackson, Marion, Multnomah counties, two residents in their 80s from Multnomah and Deschutes counties each with underlying conditions, two residents in their 90s from Marion and Jackson County, and a 102-year-old woman from Union County.

A 96-year-old Jackson County woman whose death local health officials recorded Friday did not have underlying conditions, according to state health officials.

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