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Seven more COVID-19 deaths reported in Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority reported seven more COVID-19 deaths Thursday, raising the state’s death toll to 1,998.

Jackson County Public Health reported one death from the disease, a 77-year-old man who tested positive Jan. 25 and died Feb. 2 at Rogue Regional Medical Center. The county’s death toll is at 105.

OHA reported 730 new cases of the illness Thursday, increasing the statewide total to 145,320 cases. Jackson County reported 47 new cases, bringing the local total to 7,644.

Nineteen new cases were reported in Josephine County, increasing the total there to 2,052.

Oregon saw an increase in weekly cases, with OHA reporting 4,786 cases Monday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 31, a 16% increase from the 4,119 cases reported the week of Monday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 24.

There were 261 Oregonians hospitalized with the disease Thursday, five fewer than Wednesday, with 58 in intensive care, five fewer than Wednesday. Twenty-five COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine county, four fewer than Wednesday, with four of those patients in ICU, one fewer than Wednesday.

Public health officials in Jackson and Josephine counties have planned drive-thru vaccination events for people who received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at a previous clinic.

Jackson County’s follow-up event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 11-13, at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Attendees need to bring their COVID-19 vaccination card, vaccine administration record, patient registration information, identification, and health insurance card. More information is online at asante.org/covid-19/vaccination-events/Jackson-county-second-dose.

Josephine County’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Feb. 14-15, at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass. Like Jackson County’s clinic, Josephine County’s is intended for those who have received their first vaccine dose, though the Josephine County event is also open to “those in Phase 1a, and teachers and school staff members serving students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who have not yet received their first dose of a vaccine,” according to a news release.

Josephine County clinic participants are required to bring their COVID-19 vaccine record card. Additional information is available online at www.co.josephine.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2288.