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Jackson County reports 2 new virus cases, scarce vaccine supply

Jackson County reported two new confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing local totals to 8,117 cases with 108 fatalities. A total of 24 patients in Jackson and Josephine Counties are hospitalized with the virus and seven are in intensive care. Beginning Monday, residents age 70 and older are eligible for vaccines.

“Currently, the federal COVID-19 vaccine supply chain is scarce, impacting the vaccine supply in Jackson County,” according to a news release from public health. “With the short supply and high demand, we know more seniors will want to get vaccinated than there will be vaccines available to them in the coming weeks. This means that every older adult will not be able to get an appointment as soon as they want one, even if they are currently eligible per the state's prioritization.”

Oregon reported 111 new confirmed and presumptive positive cases and one death Sunday, raising statewide totals to 152,818 cases with 2,155 fatalities. A total of 166 patients are hospitalized with the virus and 44 are in intensive care. More than 21,000 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the immunization registry Sunday, raising vaccination totals to a cumulative 802,404 first and second doses.