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7,200-plus vaccinated at Jackson County Expo event

Jackson County health officials didn’t max out their 9,500 dose capacity at this weekend’s mass vaccination event, but they did exceed their initial goal by more than 1,000 shots.

More than 7,200 people received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the mass-vaccination event held at the Jackson County Expo between Thursday and Saturday, according to a Jackson County Health and Human Services release issued Sunday.

That number was more than the 6,000 doses originally earmarked for the event, but short of 9,500 doses available after Providence Health System’s Friday contribution of an extra 3,500 vaccine doses.

“Because of this community-wide effort, we exceeded our expectations and gave hope back to our community that we can recover from this pandemic,” the Jackson County Health and Human Services release states.

None vaccinated during the three-day event reported any severe allergic reactions to the coronavirus vaccine, according to Jackson County Public Health.

Asante Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Holly Nickerson said Saturday morning that patients were closely monitored at the drive-thru clinic, and reported “no major interactions” beyond “tickly throat” or mild rash.

“We’ve been able to quickly respond to them,” Nickerson said Saturday at a press conference.

Health officials ask anyone who received their first dose of the vaccine to schedule an appointment for their second “booster” dose by visiting asante.org/covid-19/vaccination-events/ and scrolling down to “Step 5” for links to schedule appointments through either Asante or Providence.

As of Saturday, 15,058 Jackson County residents have received at least their first vaccine, according to Oregon Health Authority data, which shows that 2,153 residents are now fully vaccinated and 12,905 have begun the vaccination process.

Statewide, 39,264 Oregonians are now fully vaccinated and 218,025 have had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Saturday.

Jackson County health officials recorded two new COVID-19 fatalities and removed one earlier case, bringing Jackson County’s latest death toll to 96.

The two latest Jackson County residents to die from coronavirus related complications were those of a 63-year-old man and a 90-year-old woman, according to a Jackson County Health and Human Services release issued Sunday.

The 63-year-old man tested positive Jan. 20, and died the next day at Providence Medford Medical Center, and the 90-year-old woman tested positive Jan. 14 and died Jan. 22 at her residence, according to local officials. Both individuals had underlying health conditions.

Jackson County Public Health separately removed from its death toll Sunday what had previously been recorded last week as the county’s 83rd coronavirus death. Health officials say they drew from Jackson County Vital Records Department information listing a 72-year-old man’s cause of death as from COVID-19; however, the Oregon Vital Records Department determined that the man’s death was not related to COVID 19.

“This case has been removed from the total COVID-19 deaths for Jackson County,” the Jackson County Public Health release states.

In addition to the two fatalities, Jackson County health officials Sunday recorded 47 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the latest local case count to 7,171.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported three new deaths, 582 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and the state’s third confirmed case of the coronavirus mutation first discovered in the United Kingdom that’s officially known as B.1.1.7.

The 582 new confirmed and presumptive cases bring the state’s latest case count to 138,168.

The three fatalities — which include one of the new Jackson County deaths, along with deaths of a 66-year-old Douglas County man and a 58-year-old Marion County man — bring the state’s death toll to 1,880.

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