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Jackson County at 71 COVID-19 deaths

Two more Jackson County residents have died from COVID-19, county health officials said Wednesday, bringing the county’s death toll to 71.

The latest deaths included a 67-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 Dec. 10 and died Monday at Rogue Regional Medical Center, and an 84-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 15 and died Sunday at RRMC, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Jackson County Health and Human Services. Both patients had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County Public Health also reported 59 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 5,781 cases. Of those, 567 are considered active or infectious.

Oregon Health Authority reported 19 more deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday, raising the state’s death toll to 1,468, along with 1,052 new cases of the disease, bringing the state total to 112,260.

There were 65 COVID patients in Southern Oregon hospitals Tuesday — one patient shy of the record set Dec. 11, according to the latest Oregon Health Authority data for the state’s hospital region 5, which covers medical centers in Jackson and Josephine counties.

On Tuesday, nearly 88% of the region’s 57 intensive care unit hospital beds were occupied, and only seven ICU beds were available between the two counties. About 87% of the region’s 445 non-ICU hospital beds were occupied the same day.

On Tuesday, 3,504 doses of vaccine were administered in Oregon, raising the number of first vaccine doses to 31,382. All vaccinations occurred at Oregon hospitals and long-term care facilities.