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Jackson County reports 40 new cases of COVID-19

Jackson County Public Health reported 40 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, raising the county total to 6,109 cases, including 713 that are still considered infectious.

There have been 72 deaths from the illness in the county, with 406 hospitalizations, according to public health data.

The Oregon Health Authority reported six new deaths from the illness statewide, with 728 new cases (corrected online: see below), raising the death toll to 1,506, and pushing the case total to 118,453.

Among the most recent deaths was a 47-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Dec. 18 and died Jan. 3 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Whether he had underlying medical conditions was unknown.

So far 51,275 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state following 2,550 doses given Monday, OHA reported. In Jackson County, 2,427 people have been vaccinated, 327 people have been vaccinated in Josephine County, 1,290 people in Klamath County have received the vaccine, along with 534 in Douglas County, according to OHA.

To date, 190,500 doses of the vaccine have been delivered to sites across the state, including hospitals, longterm care agencies, emergency medical service agencies and local public health authorities.

On Monday, 477 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon, down six from Sunday. Of those, 102 were in intensive care, a decrease of seven from Sunday. In Jackson and Josephine counties, 64 people were hospitalized with the disease, including 15 in ICU.

Forty-eight of the two-county region’s 57 staffed adult ICU beds were occupied, while 381 of the region’s 445 staffed adult non-ICU beds were occupied.

Correction: The Oregon Health Authority originally had reported 731 cases, but later revised that count to 728, saying they discovered three to be duplicates.