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Jackson County planning mass vaccination event

Forty-one more Oregonians have died of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday, raising the state’s death toll to 1,708.

OHA also reported 1,346 new cases, raising Oregon’s total to 129,109 cases since the pandemic began.

Wednesday’s numbers could be slightly off, due to “human error” that resulted in the loss of a small number of reports submitted through the online portal from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 13, the release said. OHA estimated no more than 20 reports would have been received during the time period, and that they were “likely negative or pending lab results.”

“We are reaching (out) to all parties who recently submitted reports through the online portal to request that anyone who submitted from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 13 to resubmit those results,” the release said.

Jackson County reported one more death and 58 new cases Wednesday, raising the local death toll to 82 and the number of cases to 6,684. The total accounts for a revision that removed three previously reported cases.

Forty-seven people in Jackson and Josephine counties were in the hospital from the virus Wednesday, according to OHA, with 16 people in intensive care. In Oregon, 434 people were in the hospital Wednesday, an increase of 31 from Tuesday. Of those, 103 were in ICU, 10 more than Tuesday.

So far 4,306 Jackson County residents have received COVID-19 vaccinations, according to OHA.

The county and Asante are planning to hold a mass vaccination event to administer the vaccine to more people, according to a news release. The event will be a “drive-thru clinic” at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point, Jan. 21-23, with the National Guard providing support. More details will be announced about who can get vaccinated and how to participate.

Jackson County will follow the state’s COVID-19 distribution and sequencing plan. A rundown of vaccine prioritization can be viewed online at covidvaccine.oregon.gov/#prioritization.

“Asante will be developing a tool for those eligible to receive the vaccine at this event to inform us if they plan to attend,” the county news release said. “We will provide additional information on the event in the coming days.”

This week, Gov. Kate Brown announced an expansion of the vaccination priority list to include educators and senior citizens starting later this month.

In the meantime, people who are in health-care related fields, first responders and residents and staff of nursing homes can schedule appointments for vaccination through different organizations:

  • Asante: Schedule an appointment by visiting

    asante.org/covid-19/vaccine-clinic.

  • Providence: Schedule an appointment by emailing Workplacehealthservices@providence.org.
  • Jackson County Public Health: Call 541-774-8209 to schedule an appointment.
  • Children and Adolescents Clinic: Schedule an appointment or ask for more information by emailing COVIDvaccine@cacdocs.com