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Six more Oregonians die from COVID-19

Oregon reported six more deaths Thursday from COVID-19, including an infant in Umatilla County who tested positive Jan. 17 and died the same day. The child had underlying health conditions, the Oregon Health Authority reported, but did not specify more.

“Every death from COVID-19 is a tragedy, even more so the death of a child. The death of an infant is extremely rare. This news represents a tremendous loss to the mother and family. My thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, OHA’s health officer and state epidemiologist.

Sidelinger added that children who get the illness are less likely to get severely sick than adults. About 1.3% of all Oregon cases have been among children 9 and younger.

“The (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) notes that children with certain underlying medical conditions and infants younger than 1 year old might be at increased risk for severe illness from SARS-CoV-2 infections, and among those who experienced severe illness from COVID-19, most have had underlying medical conditions,” the release said.

COVID-19 symptoms in children that require urgent medical attention include trouble breathing, persisting pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, being unable to wake up or stay awake when not tired, and bluish lips or face, the release said.

An 84-year-old Josephine County man also died from the illness. He tested positive Jan. 25 and died Feb. 12 at his home, OHA reported. He also had underlying health conditions. The state’s death toll rose to 2,149.

Oregon reported 466 new cases of COVID-19, increasing the statewide count to 151,713. Jackson County reported 27 new cases, with four previously reported cases being removed from the total, bringing the county total to 8,027.

Thirteen new cases were reported in Josephine County, raising its cumulative total to 2,226 cases, according to OHA.

Jackson County Public Health reported a potential outbreak at Timber Products Co. The agency said it began investigating Feb. 5. Six cases have been linked to the outbreak so far. Health officials report outbreaks at workplaces of 30 or more employees when there are five or more COVID-19 cases over a two-week period.

Twenty-one people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties Thursday, one fewer than Wednesday, with six in intensive care, no change from Wednesday.

Statewide, there were 169 hospitalizations for the illness, 21 fewer than Wednesday, with 52 patients in intensive care, two fewer than Wednesday, according to OHA.

As of Thursday, 218,415 Oregonians were considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, with 287,764 who had received the vaccine’s first dose, according to OHA.

In Jackson County, 14,925 people were considered fully vaccinated, while 9,830 people had received the first dose. In Josephine County, 3,902 residents were considered fully vaccinated, and 3,516 had received the first dose.