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7 Jackson County residents die from COVID-19

Jackson County reported seven more deaths Thursday from COVID-19, raising the local death toll to 92.

The deaths included a 100-year-old woman who tested positive Dec. 22 and died Jan. 10 in her home, a 79-year-old woman who tested positive Dec. 26 and died Jan. 17 in her home, and a 77-year-old man who tested positive Dec. 28 and died Dec. 31 at his home.

A public health news release listed four other people whose death certificates “listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death,” a determination made by a state medical examiner, according to Tanya Phillips, county health promotion manager. These four deaths did not have a date listed for when they tested positive, possibly because the initial results were not yet available.

“When we get those we’ll start investigating them as well. Our goal is to have a test linked with them,” Phillips said.

The four other deaths included a 90-year-old man who died Jan. 3 at his home, an 87-year-old woman who died Jan. 4 at her home, and a 72-year-old man who died Jan. 7 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. All seven people had underlying medical conditions.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 11 more deaths from the illness statewide Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,843.

OHA reported 849 new cases of the disease, increasing the state’s cumulative total to 135,973.

There were 336 COVID-19 patients hospitalized with the disease Thursday, with 87 in intensive care. In Jackson and Josephine counties, 39 people were hospitalized, two more than Wednesday. Fifteen of those people were in ICU beds, one fewer than Wednesday.

In the two-county region, 49 of the 57 staffed adult ICU beds were occupied, while 387 of the 445 staffed adult non-ICU beds were occupied, according to state data.