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Jackson County reports 54 new cases of COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 continues to accelerate through Oregon, with 25,000 people sickened in a three-week period, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday.

In the first six months of the pandemic, 25,000 Oregonians were sickened by the illness, according to OHA. It took two more months to double to 50,000.

“It took three weeks to go from 50,000 cases to 75,000, and this weekend we crossed 900 total deaths,” OHA Director Patrick Allen said in a news release. “We can keep more people from getting sick and dying if we stay true to science-based mask-wearing and social distancing. With the bright promise of vaccines coming on the horizon, we can’t give up.”

OHA reported seven more deaths and 1,314 new cases Monday. Oregon’s death toll rose to 912, and the number of cases increased to 75,431.

The number of Oregonians hospitalized for COVID-19 rose to 584 Monday, an increase of 45 from Sunday, OHA officials said. Of that number, 117 were in ICU beds, up 10 from Sunday.

Jackson County Public Health reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, raising the county total to 3,880 cases. Of that number, 688 were considered infectious. There have been 31 deaths and 262 hospitalizations from the disease in Jackson County.