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44 more Oregonians die of COVID-19, including 2 in Jackson County

Forty-four more Oregonians have died of COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll from the illness to 1,550, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday.

The youngest fatality was a 42-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive for the disease Nov. 22 and died Dec. 13 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Two of the deaths were in Jackson County. A 93-year-old woman who tested positive for the illness Dec. 2 died Dec. 28 at her home. A 96-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 6 died Dec. 31 at Providence Medford Medical Center. The fatalities increased the local death toll to 74.

State health officials also reported 1,059 new cases of the disease, raising the total number of cases to 119,488.

Jackson County officials reported 69 new cases of the disease and removed five previous cases from the total, increasing the county’s adjusted case total to 6,173.

There were 3,964 more doses of the vaccine administered in the state, 317 of which were second doses, according to OHA officials. The agency also reported 1,164 additional cases that had not been reported previously and the 2,818 doses administered Monday, raising the total to 55,239. To date, 210,975 doses of the vaccine have been delivered to Oregon sites.

There were 494 patients hospitalized Tuesday with COVID-19, an increase of 17 from Monday’s 477. Of that number, 107 were in intensive care unit beds, an increase of five from Monday’s 102.

There were 67 patients hospitalized with the disease in Jackson and Josephine counties, an increase of three from Monday’s 64, according to OHA data. Of that number, 15 were in ICU beds, unchanged from Monday. Of the two-county region’s 57 staffed adult ICU beds, 49 were occupied,while 396 of the region’s 445 staffed adult non-ICU beds were occupied.