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Oregon reports 10 more deaths from COVID-19

Ten more Oregonians have died of COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll from the illness to 1,568, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday.

Two of those deaths were in Josephine County. An 88-year-old man tested positive Dec. 3 and died Jan. 5 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. An 81-year-old man tested positive Dec. 15 and died Dec. 26 at his home. The 81-year-old man had underlying medical conditions.

The state reported 867 new cases of the illness, raising the cumulative total to 121,085.

Jackson County Public Health reported 72 new cases Thursday, raising the county’s total to 6,283 cases. Public health officials have hit the pause button on reporting which cases are still considered infectious for now.

From Nov. 29 to Dec. 20, cases in the county gradually decreased week to week, with 555 the week of Nov. 29, followed by 470 the week of Dec. 6, 455 the week of Dec. 13, and 304 the week of Dec. 20, county data show. But the week of Dec. 27 cases increased to 448.

Statewide, 462 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Thursday, 18 fewer than Wednesday. There were 91 patients in intensive care, down 29 from Wednesday. In Jackson and Josephine counties, 52 patients were hospitalized, down three from Wednesday. Of those, 12 were in intensive care, down three from Wednesday.

There have been 425 hospitalizations and 75 deaths from the illness in Jackson County since the pandemic began, according to public health data.

Of the region’s 57 staffed adult ICU beds, 49 were occupied Thursday, while 389 of the 445 staffed adult non-ICU beds were occupied, state data show.

OHA officials reported that 5,249 doses of the vaccine were administered Thursday, including 995 second doses, which raised the state’s number of vaccinations to 66,920. There have been 250,100 doses of the vaccine delivered to Oregon.