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Jackson County at 58 COVID-19 deaths

Local health officials recorded another new coronavirus related fatality, bringing Jackson County’s latest death toll to 58.

The latest death reported Saturday was an 89-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday and died at her residence the same day, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services. Health officials are still confirming whether she had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County Public Health recorded 75 new cases, added two earlier cases from other areas and removed four previously reported cases Saturday, bringing their latest case count to 5,264 — of which 779 health officials consider to be active or infectious cases.

Broken down by age range, the active cases include 23 children younger than nine years old, 49 youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 127 people in their 20s, 109 people in their 30s, 104 people in their 40s, 93 people in their 50s, 92 people in their 60s, 89 people in their 70s, 90 people ages 80 or older and three patients whose ages were not yet available, according to health officials.

Since the start of the pandemic, 346 Jackson County patients have been hospitalized.

The number of patients in Southern Oregon hospitals eased slightly from last week’s record, according to Oregon Health Authority data. On Friday, there were 60 COVID-positive patients in Jackson and Josephine County hospitals — six fewer cases than the record set Dec. 11.

Only 12.3% of the region’s 445 non-intensive care unit hospital beds and 17.5% of the region’s 57 ICU beds were available Friday, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority recorded 1,542 new cases and 36 new deaths Saturday, bringing the latest case count to 101,814 and the latest death toll to 1,340.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.