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38 more Oregonians die of COVID-19

The Oregon Health Authority reported 517 new COVID-19 cases and 38 new deaths Friday, bringing the state’s latest case count to 149,576 and the statewide death toll to 2,094.

Thirty-five new cases were reported Friday in Jackson County, bringing the latest case count to 7,861. Since the start of the pandemic, 524 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized and 106 have died.

Jackson County set a new record for the number of vaccinations in one day, and crossed a five-figure milestone in the number of locals who are fully protected against the coronavirus.

On Thursday, 3,004 people were vaccinated in the county, the most in one day so far, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The record surpasses the previous record set Jan. 21 by 125 shots.

The bulk of Thursday’s doses — 2,564 — were the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one being used for booster shots at a vaccination event this weekend at the Jackson County Expo, according to Jackson County Public Health.

As of Friday, 10,065 locals had been fully vaccinated against the virus, and 12,287 people had received the first shot, according to state data.

Jackson County Health and Human Services is encouraging anyone who had their first vaccine at the January vaccination event at The Expo get their second dose. Preliminary data show that the booster shot increases the vaccine’s efficacy against the coronavirus to 95%. Health officials remind anyone getting their second dose at The Expo this weekend to bring their patient billing information and COVID-19 vaccination record. See Asante.org/covid-19/vaccination-events/jackson-county-second-dose/.

Leftover vaccines will not be available at this weekend’s event at The Expo, and anyone not eligible will be turned away.

There is currently a shortage of the vaccine in Jackson County. Those eligible for their first dose are asked to call 211, text ORCOVID to 898211, or email ORCOVID@211info.org.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.