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Jackson County at 84 coronavirus deaths

Local public health officials recorded two new COVID-19 related fatalities and 56 new cases Saturday, bringing Jackson County’s latest case count to 6,865 and death toll to 84.

The two latest Jackson County residents to die from coronavirus complications are those of a 72-year-old man who died last week and a 58-year-old woman who died Thursday, according to a release issued Saturday by Jackson County Health and Human Services.

The 72-year-old man died Jan. 7 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. The 58-year-old woman tested positive for the virus Dec. 20 and died Thursday at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. Both patients had underlying medical conditions.

Statewide, health officials reported 29 new deaths and 1,152 new cases, according to an Oregon Health Authority release. Details such as patients’ ages and locations were not yet available as of early Saturday evening

There were 40 COVID-positive patients in Southern Oregon hospitals, according to Jackson County health officials.

The number of coronavirus patients in Oregon’s hospital region 5 — which combines hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties — rose by two cases Friday, according to Jackson County Public Health numbers.

Oregon Health Authority data for the hospital region show a decline in the number of coronavirus patients since the record of 69 patients in one day set Jan. 2.

The number dropped to 41 patients Jan. 9, crept up to 50 patients Jan. 11, and dropped to 37 patients at one point Friday.

The last time hospital region 5 had 37 patients was Nov. 13, according to the state data.

As of Friday, there were 48 intensive care unit beds utilized out of a maximum capacity of 57 in the Southern Oregon hospital region, and Jackson and Josephine County hospitals had utilized 86 percent of the region’s 445 maximum capacity of non-ICU hospital beds.

Jackson County public health officials state that the numbers of patients fluctuate and do not reflect total admissions per day, the length of hospital stays or staffing limitations that “may further limit bed capacity.”

There are 12 active outbreaks at senior living facilities in Jackson County, according to the weekly outbreak report issued by the Oregon Health Authority Wednesday.

  • Rogue Valley Manor in Medford is linked to 41 cases and one fatality in an outbreak first reported Oct. 6;
  • Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is linked to five cases since Oct. 10;
  • Avamere at Waterford in Medford is linked to nine cases since Nov. 4;
  • Table Rock Memory Care in Medford is linked to 112 cases and 18 fatalities since Nov. 8;
  • Brookdale in Medford is linked to eight cases since Nov. 30;
  • Skylark Assisted Living and Memory Care is linked to six cases since Dec. 4;
  • Linda Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ashland is linked to 46 cases and two fatalities since Dec. 4;
  • Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is linked to 74 cases and five fatalities since Dec. 4;
  • Springs at Anna Maria is linked to four cases since Dec. 10;
  • Alderwood Assisted Living is linked to seven cases since Dec. 17;
  • and Ashley Manor Senior Living Brookhurst is linked to three cases since Jan. 8.

Active workplace outbreaks in Jackson County include Amy’s Kitchen in White City linked to 114 cases since July 28 and a most recent onset reported Jan. 4, Harry & David in Medford linked to 51 cases since Oct. 15 with a most recent onset reported Dec. 20, Costco in Central Point linked to 26 cases since Oct. 7 and a most recent onset reported Jan. 5, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Central Point linked to 24 cases first reported Dec. 15 and most recent onset reported Dec. 27 and Timber Products Company linked to 17 cases in an outbreak first reported Dec. 21 and most recent onset reported Dec. 22.

The two outbreaks reported last month at separate Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center wings are no longer active, according to the most recent state report, and never grew beyond the 12 cases initially reported Dec. 16. An outbreak at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, however, is still active.

The Josephine County hospital outbreak is linked to nine cases in a case first reported Nov. 6 and most recent onset reported Dec. 24.

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