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Jackson County at 5,955 COVID-19 cases

Local public health officials recorded 71 new coronavirus cases over the past two days, bringing Jackson County’s latest case count to 5,955.

The new cases include 49 COVID-19 cases recorded Friday and 22 cases recorded Saturday, according to a Jackson County Public Health release issued Saturday.

Health officials believe Saturday’s numbers were lower than they’d expect because the Jackson County Health and Human Services building was closed Friday for the New Year’s Day holiday, and stated in the release that new case numbers Sunday may be “higher than expected.”

Of Jackson County’s 5,955 cases, public health officials consider 634 to be active or infectious, meaning that the patient is shedding the virus at rates likely to infect another person.

Broken down by age, the active cases include 13 children younger than nine years old, 29 youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 87 people in their 20s, 91 people in their 30s, 77 people in their 40s, 81 people in their 50s, 84 people in their 60s, 72 people in their 70s, 98 people ages 80 or older and two patients whose ages were not available.

Since the start of the pandemic, 399 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized as of Saturday — an increase of 15 hospitalizations over the past five days.

Those 15 new hospitalizations since Tuesday include one person in their 20s, one person in their 40s, six people in their 60s, one person in their 70s and six people ages 80 or older, according to Jackson County Public Health data and an earlier news report.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority recorded 1,010 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and two new deaths, bringing the state’s latest case count to 116,348 and the death toll to 1,492.

The latest COVID-19 related fatalities were those of a 75-year-old Hood River County woman and a 94-year-old Douglas County woman, according to the state. The Hood River County woman had underlying conditions and health officials are still confirming whether the Douglas County woman had underlying health conditions.

Broken down by county, the 1,010 new coronavirus cases include 197 cases in Multnomah, 134 in Marion, 101 in Lane, 91 in Washington, 78 in Klamath, 66 in Deschutes, 53 in Umatilla, 37 in Polk, 35 each in Josephine and Linn counties, 28 in Jefferson, 26 in Columbia, 18 in Benton, 16 in Lincoln, 14 in Malheur, 11 in Douglas and Hood River counties, 10 each in Crook and Wasco counties, five in Tillamook, four in Morrow, two cases each in Baker, Gilliam and Harney counties and one case each in Curry and Wallowa counties.

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