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Jackson County reports 40 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths

Jackson County’s death toll from the novel coronavirus climbed to 60 Monday after local public health reported two more fatalities from the illness.

The latest deaths include a 74-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 10 and died Dec. 18 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and a 60-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 27 and died Dec. 14 at his home. Both had underlying medical conditions.

Jackson County Public Health also reported 40 new cases of the disease, raising the local total to 5,350. Public health data show that 730 patients were still considered infectious Monday.

The Oregon Health Authority reported six more deaths statewide, including the two in Jackson County, raising Oregon’s death toll to 1,347, according to a news release. The agency also reported 846 new cases of the illness, raising the state’s total to 103,755.

There were 528 Oregonians hospitalized with COVID-19 Monday, a decrease of two from Sunday, with 121 of those patients in intensive care unit beds, unchanged from Sunday, according to OHA data. In Jackson and Josephine county hospitals, 61 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 Monday, an increase of six from Sunday. Of that number, 20 were in ICU beds, an increase of two from Sunday.

Forty-six of the two-county region’s 57 staffed adult ICU beds were occupied Monday, while 385 of the 445 staffed adult non-ICU beds were occupied, according to OHA data.