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Jackson County reports 75th COVID-19 death

A 64-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 16 became the 75th person to die in Jackson County when he passed away Jan. 3, at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, the county reported Wednesday. He had underlying health conditions.

The county reported 44 new cases and removed six previously reported cases Wednesday, pushing the county total to 6,211 cases. The county has put reporting infectious cases on hold.

“As our cases increased, our epidemiologist review of this metric found that it is not an accurate reflection of the number of infectious cases,” county health promotion manager Tanya Phillips said in an email. “They are working on a more accurate way this data can be communicated.”

Josephine County reported two new deaths from the disease Wednesday, a 69-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 27 and died Jan. 4 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, and a 53-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 15 and died Jan. 5, at Three Rivers. Both men had underlying health conditions.

There were eight total deaths from the illness statewide, with 764 new cases, according to the Oregon Health Authority. In a news release, the agency reported the case count is lower than anticipated because of a server outage that led to “unscheduled database downtime” Tuesday.

The week of Monday, Dec. 28, through Sunday, Jan. 3, saw 7,913 new cases statewide, 17% more than the previous week, OHA reported.

The agency reported that 6,432 new doses of the vaccine had been administered, including 595 second doses. That raises the total number of vaccinations administered to 61,671. To date, To date, 225,600 doses of the vaccine have been delivered to the state.

There were 480 patients hospitalized Wednesday with COVID-19, 14 fewer than the 494 reported Tuesday. Of that number, 120 were in intensive care unit beds, 13 more than Tuesday’s 107.

In Jackson and Josephine counties, 55 people were hospitalized with the disease, down 12 from Tuesday’s 67. Of that number, 17 were in ICU beds, up two from Tuesday’s 15. Of the two-county region’s 57 staffed adult ICU beds, 46 were occupied. Of the region’s 445 staffed adult non-ICU beds, 393 were occupied.