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Oregon reports two more COVID-19 deaths Friday

The Oregon Health Authority reported two more deaths from COVID-19 and 336 new cases of the illness Friday, raising the state’s death toll to 2,206 and the number of cases to 154,878.

State health officials said the case counts are lower than anticipated, as a “large volume of electronic laboratory reports” were not processed until after business hours Thursday because of a server error, according to a news release.

“Case counts are lower than anticipated because local health departments were not able to create cases from positive (electronic laboratory reports) that were received after hours,” the release said.

Jackson County reported 16 new cases, and OHA reported 14 new cases in Josephine County, raising the cumulative totals to 8,315 cases and 111 deaths in Jackson County, and 2,328 cases and 49 deaths in Josephine.

Thirty-one people were hospitalized with the disease in Jackson and Josephine counties Friday, with six in intensive care, according to OHA data. Statewide, 152 Oregonians were hospitalized with the disease, including 34 in ICU, according to the OHA.

As of Friday, 317,267 Oregonians were considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 271,431 people had received one dose, according to OHA data.

In Jackson County, 17,623 residents were fully vaccinated, and 10,019 had received the first dose.

In Josephine County, 5,129 people were fully vaccinated, and 3,523 had received the first dose.