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Jackson County drops to 104 coronavirus deaths

Local public health officials subtracted one COVID-19 related death and added 40 new coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing Jackson County’s latest death toll to 104 and the latest case count to 7,715.

The single subtraction Saturday stems from the county of residence for the 89-year-old man reported Jan. 8 as Jackson County’s 76th COVID-19 fatality, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services releases.

As of Friday, 507 Jackson County residents had been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest Jackson County Public Health data available Saturday; however, the number of hospitalizations continued a downward trend that began in early January.

There were 19 COVID-positive patients in Southern Oregon hospitals Saturday, including five patients in Intensive Care Units, according to the latest Jackson County Public Health release.

The last time Oregon’s hospital region 5 — comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties — recorded 19 patients was Nov. 6, according to Oregon Health Authority data. The record for coronavirus patients in Southern Oregon hospitals was 69 patients on Jan. 2.

As of Friday, 19,447 people have been vaccinated in Jackson County, according to state data, including 5,350 residents who are fully vaccinated and 14,097 who’ve had their first of the two vaccines.

Of the 24,871 doses administered locally, 20,970 are of the Pfizer vaccine, 3,875 are the Moderna vaccine. Information on the manufacturer of 26 doses was not yet available.

Statewide, 400,009 people have been vaccinated in Oregon including 127,036 people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and 272,973 who’ve had their first shot.

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