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Jackson County at 108 coronavirus deaths

Local public health officials recorded one new coronavirus related fatality Saturday and 38 new cases, bringing the latest case count to 8,115 and the latest death toll to108.

The latest fatality is that of an 86-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 23, and died Feb. 7 at his residence, according to a release issued by Jackson County Health and Human Services. Officials say the man had underlying health conditions that contributed to his death.

The death was among five recorded across the state, according to the Oregon Health Authority, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,154. Other local deaths include a 66-year-old Marion County woman, a 69-year-old Linn County man, a 70-year-old Multnomah County man and a 90-year-old Washington County man. Health officials were still in the process of determining the presence of underlying health conditions as of Saturday afternoon.

State health officials also recorded 536 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s case count to 152,190.

There were 24 COVID-positive patients in Southern Oregon hospitals Saturday including seven patients in Jackson and Josephine County Intensive Care Units, according to Jackson County Public Health. That’s an increase of two patients overall from Friday, and an increase of three ICU patients.

Of Jackson County’s 8,115 cases since the start of the pandemic, 542 have involved hospitalizations.