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Three more Jackson County residents die of COVID-19

Three more Jackson County residents have died of COVID-19, raising the local death toll to 78, according to Jackson County Public Health.

The latest fatalities, announced Friday, included an 89-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 12 and died Dec. 17 at his home, a 76-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 22 and died Jan. 4 at his home, and a 62-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 29 and died Jan. 6 at his home. The 89-year-old and 62-year-old both had underlying medical conditions.

The county reported 83 new cases of the disease Friday, increasing the local total to 6,366 cases.

The Oregon Health Authority reported seven more deaths and 1,755 new cases of the virus in Oregon Friday, pushing the state death toll to 1,575, with 122,847 cases since the pandemic began.

Forty-seven residents in Jackson and Josephine counties remained hospitalized from the illness Friday, five fewer than Thursday. Twelve people were in intensive care, unchanged from Thursday, state health officials reported.

The two-county region has 57 staffed adult ICU beds, with 49 of them occupied Friday. Of the region’s 445 staffed adult non-ICU beds, 379 were occupied.

OHA reported that 7,994 more doses of the vaccine had been administered, including 578 second doses, raising the state’s number of administered doses to 74,914. Gov. Kate Brown reiterated Friday the goal of getting the state to 12,000 vaccinations a day.

“We continue to look at how we can use every tool we have to swiftly vaccinate Oregonians, and in that spirit, I am deploying the National Guard to provide vaccination support, starting this weekend with Salem Health’s vaccination event at the state fairgrounds,” Brown said in a news release. “These partnerships will help us achieve the critical mass of community immunity we need.”

So far 252,350 vaccine doses have been delivered to Oregon, OHA said.