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Separate COVID-19 outbreaks investigated at RRMC

Jackson County Public Health officials are investigating two separate wings of Southern Oregon’s largest hospital as part of the latest in seven active workplace-related COVID-19 outbreaks.

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford is linked to a dozen coronavirus infections between two buildings in investigations that started Dec. 23, according to a release from Jackson County Health and Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority’s weekly outbreak report released Wednesday.

As of Thursday, six infections are linked to Rogue Regional Medical Center’s A building and six infections are linked to the B building.

The new outbreaks come at the same time Southern Oregon hospitals set a record for the number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms in on one day. There were 67 COVID-positive patients in Jackson and Josephine County hospitals Wednesday, surpassing the record first set Dec. 11 by one case, according to the latest Oregon Health Authority data. The number of coronavirus patients dropped Thursday by one to 66 cases.

As of Thursday, eight of the region’s 57 intensive care unit hospital beds and 46 of the region’s 445 non-ICU hospital beds were available between Jackson and Josephine counties.

The outbreaks at Asante join five other workplaces with active outbreaks, according to the state.

Amy’s Kitchen in White City is linked to 109 cases between July 28 and Dec. 21; Harry and David is linked to 49 cases between Oct. 15 and Dec. 19; Costco in Central Point is linked to 24 cases between Oct. 7 and Dec. 18; the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is linked to 19 cases in an outbreak first reported Dec. 15 with the most recent infection reported Dec. 24; and Timber Products Company in Medford, which is potentially linked to 15 COVID-19 cases in an investigation that began Dec. 21.

Meanwhile, outbreaks at a dozen Jackson County skilled nursing and assisted living homes are still active, according to the state.

n Avamere Health Services of the Rogue Valley is linked to 59 cases and three deaths since Oct. 5;

n Rogue Valley Manor is linked to 25 cases and one death since Oct. 6;

n Avamere at Three Fountains in Medford is linked to 128 cases and 13 deaths since Nov. 2;

n Avamere at Waterford in Medford is linked to five cases since Nov. 4;

n Table Rock Memory Care in Medford is linked to 105 cases and 15 deaths since Nov. 8;

n Bartlett House of Medford is linked to five cases since Nov. 17;

n Brookdale Medford is linked to seven cases since Nov. 30;

n Skylark Assisted Living and Memory Care in Ashland is linked to three cases since Dec. 4;

n Linda Vista Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Ashland is linked to six cases since Dec. 4;

n Hearthstone Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is linked to 31 cases and two deaths since Dec. 4;

n Weatherly Court Senior Living in Medford is linked to two cases and one death since Dec. 5;

n and Alderwood Assisted Living is linked to three cases since Dec. 17.

The numbers include all cases associated with the outbreak, including infections of staff, residents and close contacts, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Jackson County Public Health recorded one new death Thursday, bringing Jackson County’s latest death toll to 72, and 102 new cases bring the latest case count to 5,884 — of which 629 are classified as active or infectious meaning that the patient is shedding the virus at a rate likely to infect others.

The latest fatality is that of an 82-year-old Jackson County woman who tested positive for the virus Nov. 10 and died Dec. 30 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying health conditions, according to health officials.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority recorded nine new deaths and 1,682 cases.

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