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Jackson County reports two more COVID-19 deaths

Two more Jackson County residents have died of COVID-19, according to Jackson County Public Health.

The deaths include a 79-year-old man who tested positive Oct. 23 and died Nov. 28 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, and a 74-year-old woman who tested positive Nov. 15 and died Nov. 29 at RRMC. The man had underlying medical conditions, while the woman’s condition was unknown.

The new cases raised Jackson County’s death toll to 37. Of those deaths, 23 involved residents of care facilities, senior living communities and congregate living settings, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Ten deaths have been reported at Avamere Three Fountains, two at Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley and 11 at Table Rock Memory Care.

The county also reported 65 new cases of the illness Wednesday and added a new case that had a previous reporting date, according to a news release. The county’s total number of COVID-19 cases is 4,018, including 695 still considered infectious.

Josephine County reported another COVID-19 death Wednesday, a 69-year-old man who tested positive for the disease Nov. 20, at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, and died Dec. 1, according to a news release. He had underlying medical conditions. Five Josephine County residents have died from the illness since the pandemic began.

Josephine County reported 19 new cases of the illness Wednesday, raising the total number of cases to 577, including 258 still considered infectious.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 18 more deaths and 1,244 new cases statewide Wednesday. The deaths raised Oregon’s death toll to 953, while the total number of cases increased to 78,160.

Oregon hospitalizations from COVID-19 dropped from Tuesday’s 577 to 549 Wednesday, according to OHA data. Of the state’s hospitalizations, 105 people were in intensive care Wednesday, a decrease of six from Tuesday.

In Jackson and Josephine counties, 50 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Wednesday, a decrease of nine from Tuesday’s 59, OHA data show. Of the 57 staffed ICU beds in the two-county region, 51 were occupied, while 388 of the region’s 445 staffed non-ICU beds were occupied.