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Jackson County reports one COVID-19 death Thursday

Another Jackson County resident has died of COVID-19, raising the local death toll to 64, Jackson County Public Health reported Thursday.

An 85-year-old woman who tested positive for the illness Nov. 10 died Dec. 22 at her home. She had underlying medical conditions.

The county reported 29 new cases of the illness, raising the county total to 5,488 cases, of which 734 cases were considered infectious.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 12 more deaths and 871 new cases Thursday, raising the state death toll to 1,415, and pushing the case total to 106,821.

The number of statewide hospitalizations dropped to 495 Thursday, down 32 from Wednesday, with 101 patients in intensive care, eight fewer than Wednesday.

Fifty-four patients were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine county hospitals, nine fewer than Wednesday. Thirteen of those patients were in ICU, one fewer than Wednesday.

Forty-four of the two-county region’s 57 staffed adult ICU beds were occupied Thursday, while 388 of the region’s 445 staffed non-ICU beds were occupied.

As of Thursday, 1,039 Jackson County residents had received the COVID-19 vaccine, with 14,524 vaccinations statewide. All vaccinations occurred at hospitals and long-term care facilities, an OHA news release said.