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Three more Jackson County residents die of COVID-19

Jackson County reported three more deaths from COVID-19 Friday.

The deaths included a 55-year-old woman who became symptomatic Dec. 3 and died at her home Dec. 6, an 87-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 17 and died at home Dec. 3, and a 76-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 21 and died Nov. 29 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. All three had underlying medical conditions.

The deaths were among 16 reported in the state Friday, pushing the local COVID-19 death toll to 48 and raising the Oregon total to 1,138 deaths.

Jackson County reported 82 new cases of the disease Friday, raising the county total to 4,704 cases, including 738 people still considered infectious. Oregon reported 1,610 new cases Friday, bringing the state total to 91,421.

Jackson County remains in the “extreme risk” category due to continued spread of the disease.

The youngest of the deaths reported Friday was a 52-year-old Multnomah County man who died Dec. 9 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

The number of Oregonians hospitalized from the illness remained at 576 Friday, including 128 in intensive care.

Jackson and Josephine counties had 66 hospitalized COVID-19 patients Friday, up nine from Thursday, according to OHA data. Of those, 17 were in ICU. Of the two-county region’s 57 staffed adult ICU beds, 51 were occupied Friday. Of the region’s 445 non-ICU beds, 382 were occupied.