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Another Jackson County resident dies from COVID-19

Another Jackson County resident has died of COVID-19, Jackson County Public Health reported Thursday.

An 83-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 25 died Dec. 1 at Rogue Regional Medical Center, pushing the local death toll from the disease to 38.

The county also reported 11 new cases of COVID-19, but said the number was significantly lower than the actual amount due to maintenance updates on the Oregon Health Authority’s statewide electronic disease surveillance system where COVID-19 case reports are managed.

“The update required the system to shut down,” the release said. “Jackson County Public Health was unable to process new cases during the shutdown. Therefore, the daily case numbers are lower than expected (Thursday), and (Friday’s) report will be higher than expected.”

The new cases, plus the removal of a previous case and the addition of two cases with previous reporting dates, raised the county’s case total to 4,030. Of those, 626 cases were still considered infectious Thursday.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 21 more deaths statewide Thursday, raising Oregon’s death toll to 972. OHA officials also reported 1,151 new cases statewide, pushing the state’s total number to 79,263.

There were 559 COVID-19 patients in Oregon hospitals Thursday, an increase of 10 from Wednesday’s 549. Of that number, 109 were in intensive care unit beds, up four from Wednesday’s 105.

In Jackson and Josephine counties, 50 patients remained hospitalized Thursday, the number unchanged from Wednesday. Forty-seven of the two-county region’s 57 staffed ICU beds were occupied, while 382 of the region’s 445 non-ICU beds were occupied, OHA data shows.