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Jackson County COVID-19 death toll reaches 62

Jackson County reported two more deaths Tuesday from COVID-19, bringing the local total to 62 since the pandemic began.

The two deaths were among the 35 announced by the Oregon Health Authority, raising the state’s death toll from the illness to 1,382.

The local deaths included a 90-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 8 and died Dec. 18 at Rogue Regional Medical Center, and a 64-year-old woman who tested positive Dec. 8 and died Dec. 17 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They both had underlying medical conditions, according to Jackson County Public Health.

OHA reported 1,282 new cases of the illness Tuesday, raising the state total to 105,073 cases. Jackson County reported 63 new cases, raising the local total to 5,412, with 739 people still considered infectious Tuesday.

Josephine County reported its 20th death from the illness, an 86-year-old woman who tested positive Dec. 8 and died Dec. 21 at Three Rivers Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

OHA has started to record cumulative totals on how many Oregonians have received a COVID-19 vaccine, both statewide and in individual counties. As of Tuesday, 604 Jackson County residents had been vaccinated, part of the 7,203 to receive the vaccination statewide. Jackson County has had the fifth-highest number of vaccinations thus far, OHA data show.

In Josephine County, 92 people had been vaccinated, while 162 received a vaccination in Klamath County and 37 had been vaccinated in Douglas County.

There were 524 Oregonians hospitalized with COVID-19 Tuesday, four fewer than Monday, according to OHA. Of those, 119 were in intensive care, two fewer than Monday.

Sixty-one people were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties Tuesday, unchanged from Monday. Seventeen of those patients were in ICU, a drop of three from Monday. Forty-nine of the two-county region’s 57 staffed adult ICU beds were occupied Tuesday, while 389 of the 445 staffed adult non-ICU beds were occupied, according to OHA.