Thirty more Oregonians die of COVID-19
The Oregon Health Authority reported 30 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s death toll to 1,110.
The ages of the deceased reported Wednesday ranged from 39 to 97. Fifteen of the people had underlying medical conditions.
Josephine County reported one death Wednesday, which was not included in OHA’s roundup, a 73-year-old woman who tested positive for the illness Nov. 30 and died Dec. 8 at Three Rivers Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions. Eight Josephine County residents have died from the disease.
OHA reported 1,243 new cases of the illness, including 54 in Jackson County, raising Oregon’s total to 88,287 cases and pushing the Jackson County total to 4,566 cases.
The number of patients hospitalized with the disease in Oregon rose to 580 Wednesday, an increase of 27 from Tuesday. Of those, 132 people were in intensive care, an increase of five from Tuesday.
Fifty COVID-19 patients were in Jackson and Josephine county hospitals Wednesday, according to OHA, including 22 in ICU beds. Of the two-county region’s 57 staffed ICU beds, 48 were occupied Wednesday. Of the region’s 445 non-ICU beds, 390 were occupied.
In Jackson County, 762 people were considered infectious Wednesday, according to a news release. Forty-four people in Jackson County have died from the illness.
Last week Oregon set records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for the third consecutive week, according to OHA’s COVID-19 weekly report, released Wednesday.
OHA reported 10,355 new cases from Nov. 30 through Dec. 6, the seventh consecutive record high weekly case count.
There were 133 COVID-19 deaths reported last week, the most since the pandemic began.
People aged 20 to 49 have accounted for 55% of the cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 76% of the deaths, the report said.
State health officials issued a new report Wednesday showing active outbreaks at nine Jackson County senior care facilities and four local workplaces.
Avamere at Three Fountains is linked to 128 COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths in an outbreak first reported Nov. 2, according to the OHA list of active outbreaks at senior care homes. Avamere Health Services of the Rogue Valley is linked to 57 cases and two deaths since Oct. 5, Avamere at Waterford is linked to five cases since Nov. 4, Orchards Assisted Living is linked to 10 cases since Oct. 5, Rogue Valley Manor is linked to 25 cases since Oct. 6, Bartlett House of Medford is linked to three cases since Nov. 17, Laurel Pines Retirement Lodge is linked to eight cases since Nov. 18, Horton Plaza is linked to three cases since Nov. 23 and Brookdale Medford is linked to eight cases since Nov. 30.
The active outbreaks at local workplaces include 93 cases linked to Amy’s Kitchen in an outbreak first reported July 28 and its most recent onset recorded Nov. 29, 40 cases linked to Harry & David in an outbreak first reported Oct. 15 with its most recent onset recorded Nov. 28, 19 cases linked to White City electronics manufacturer Ascentron in an outbreak first reported Aug. 24 and most recent onset Nov. 9, 19 cases linked to Costco Wholesale in an outbreak first reported Oct. 7 and its most recent onset Dec. 1 and 12 cases linked to Plycem USA in White City in an outbreak first reported Nov. 2 and most recent onset reported Nov. 23.
The only active local child care center outbreak is six cases linked to the Santo Center in Medford in an outbreak first reported Nov. 6 and most recent onset reported Nov. 12.