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Four more in Jackson County die from COVID-19

Four more Jackson County residents have died of COVID-19, Jackson County Public Health reported Tuesday.

The deaths include a 92-year-old woman who tested positive for the illness Nov. 10 and died at her home Nov. 29; a 94-year-old woman who tested positive Nov. 12 and died Nov. 25 at her home; an 82-year-old woman who tested positive Nov. 17 and died at her home Nov. 29; and an 81-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 24 and died Nov. 29 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. All four had underlying medical conditions, public health officials reported.

The four COVID-19-related deaths raise the county’s total to 35. The agency also reported 72 new cases of the illness Tuesday, increasing the local total to 3,952, including 671 cases still considered infectious.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 24 more deaths statewide Tuesday, raising the state’s death toll to 936. The 24 COVID-19 deaths is the most in a single day for Oregon since the start of the pandemic, according to OHA officials.

Hospitalizations dropped slightly Tuesday in the state. There were 577 patients hospitalized for the illness, a decrease of seven from Monday’s 584. Of those, 111 people were in intensive care, six fewer than Monday’s 117. There were 59 COVID-19 patients in Jackson and Josephine county hospitals Tuesday, an increase of three from Monday’s 56, according to OHA data.

Of the 57 staffed ICU beds in the two-county region, 49 were occupied Tuesday. Of the region’s 445 staffed non-ICU beds, 390 were occupied.