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Jackson County at 80 coronavirus deaths

Jackson County public health officials recorded two more coronavirus related fatalities, bringing the latest death toll to 80.

The latest COVID-19 related fatalities, according to a Jackson County Health and Human Services release issued Saturday, were those of a 92-year-old woman who died Dec. 26 at her residence, and a 91-year-old woman who died Jan. 1 at her residence. Each of the two patients had underlying health conditions.

Local health officials additionally recorded 121 new COVID-19 cases Saturday. Health officials no longer report the number of cases they consider active or infectious.

As of this week, five outbreaks at Southern Oregon care homes and skilled nursing facilities are no longer active, according to the Oregon Health Authority reports — including one of the county’s deadliest.

An outbreak at Avamere at Three Fountains in Medford is no longer active as of Jan. 6, according to the state outbreak report issued Wednesday. The outbreak was linked to 131 cases and 13 deaths since Nov. 2.

Seven active outbreaks at care homes are in Jackson County:

  • Hearthstone Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Medford linked to 70 cases and three deaths since Dec. 4;
  • Avamere at Waterford with eight cases since Nov. 4;
  • Bartlet House of Medford with eight cases since Nov. 17;
  • Brookdale Medford with eight cases since Nov. 30;
  • Linda Vista Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with 45 cases;
  • Kinsington Oak Grove Memory Care with three cases since Dec. 10;
  • and Alderwood Assisted Living with seven cases since Dec. 17.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority recorded 1,643 new cases and 28 new fatalities, bringing the latest death toll to 1,603 and the latest case count to 124,476.

The latest fatalities included Oregonians in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and one 100-year-old in counties of Benton, Clackamas, Deschutes, Klamath, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk and Washington counties.

Across the state, 85,081 Oregonians have received at least their first coronavirus vaccine including 3,177 now fully vaccinated as of Friday, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

In Jackson County, there are 3,182 residents who have received at least their first shot for the vaccine and 13 residents now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.