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Twenty Oregonians die of COVID-19

Twenty more Oregonians died of COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll from the disease to 1,924 the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.

The agency also reported 731 new cases of the illness, raising Oregon’s cumulative total to 140,063. Jackson County reported 35 new cases of the disease, raising the local total to 7,270. There have been 98 deaths from the disease in the county. Oregon’s most recent weekly number of cases, recorded between Jan. 18 and Jan. 24, saw a sharp decrease. There were 4,119 new cases recorded statewide during that time period, a 48% decrease from the 7,860 cases recorded Jan. 11 through Jan. 17, according to state data. COVID-19 deaths during those two periods also plummeted from 195 the week of Jan. 11 to 74 the week of Jan. 18.

There were 39 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties Wednesday, four more than Tuesday, with 13 patients in intensive care unit beds, an increase of one from Tuesday, according to OHA data.

There were 302 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon, six fewer than Tuesday. Of that number, 70 were in ICU beds, four more than Tuesday.

There were 50,587 Oregonians considered fully vaccinated against the disease Wednesday, while 234,934 others had received their first dose, according to state data. In Jackson County, 2,377 residents are considered fully vaccinated, while 13,812 others have had their first dose, data shows.