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Thirty-six more Oregonians die of COVID-19

Oregon reported 36 more deaths Tuesday, including three in Jackson County, pushing the state death toll to 1,080.

It was the deadliest day in Oregon since the start of the pandemic.

“The news of three-dozen lives weighs heavily on all Oregonians,” Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said in a news release. “All of us are affected, and the families and friends of those lost most of all. These lost lives touch our families, our workplaces, our neighborhoods and our communities.”

The youngest person among the fatalities reported Tuesday was a 54-year-old Washington County woman, the oldest a 97-year-old Marion County man.

“At this unfortunate moment, as we work together to confront the challenge presented by COVID-19, we extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost a loved one and to every Oregonian who has been impacted by the pandemic,” Allen said.

OHA reported 1,341 new cases of the illness Tuesday, including 106 in Jackson County, raising the Oregon total to 87,082 cases, and pushing the Jackson County total to 4,514 cases. Jackson County has now recorded 44 deaths.

The local fatalities included a 71-year-old woman who tested positive for the illness Nov. 16 and died Dec. 5 at Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, a 73-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 25 and died Dec. 5 at Providence Medford Medical Center, and a 76-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 6 at Providence. All three people had underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday, 773 people in Jackson County were considered infectious, public health officials reported.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Oregon dropped from 565 Monday to 553 Tuesday. Of those, 127 people were in intensive care, an increase of seven from Monday. Forty-four COVID-19 patients remained hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine county hospitals Tuesday, including 16 in ICU.

Of the 57 staffed adult ICU beds in Jackson and Josephine counties, 45 were occupied Tuesday. Of the region’s 445 non-ICU beds, 397 were occupied Tuesday.