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Jackson County at 112 coronavirus deaths

Local public health officials recorded one new COVID-19 related fatality Saturday and 67 new coronavirus cases, bringing Jackson County’s death toll to 112 and the latest case count to 8,377.

The latest local death is that of a 92-year-old man who first tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, and died Thursday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, according to a release issued Saturday by Jackson County Health and Human Services. The man had underlying health conditions.

The death was one of two fatalities recorded statewide, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The second death was that of a 61-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive Jan. 13 and died Feb. 15 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Underlying health conditions contributed to the man’s death.

Of the 8,377 local cases since the start of the pandemic, 555 patients have been hospitalized, according to Jackson County Public Health data. Broken down by age, those hospitalizations have involved seven children younger than nine years old, four youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 29 people in their 20s, 40 people in their 30s, 34 people in their 40s, 93 people in their 50s, 111 people in their 60s, 114 people in their 70s, 121 people aged 80 or older and two patients whose ages were not yet available.

There were 26 COVID-positive patients in Southern Oregon hospitals Saturday, according to Jackson County Public Health, which is a drop in five patients from Friday. Three of those 26 patients were in local Intensive Care Units — a decrease by three from Friday.

The lowest number for the month in Oregon hospital region 5 — comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties — was Feb. 11, when there were 16 coronavirus patients, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Oregon seniors age 70 and older are now eligible for the vaccine, and starting Monday the state will expand eligibility to seniors age 65 or older, but Jackson County Public Health states that demand continues to outstrip supply

According to Oregon Health Authority data, 4,829 vaccine doses were administered in Jackson County between Feb. 20 and 26 — an average of roughly 689 doses per day.

For updated information about eligibility and access to the vaccine, local health officials recommend signing up for “updates on vaccination opportunities” on covidvaccine.oregon.gov. Assistance with the signup process is available by calling 211 or 1-866-698-6155 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, by texting “ORCOVID” to 89821 or by emailing ORCOVID@211info.org.

Some 18,789 Jackson County residents have completed their two-shot vaccine schedule as of Friday, according to state data, and another 9,070 have had their first dose of the vaccine.

Statewide, 334,379 Oregonians are fully vaccinated and 269,359 have had their first dose of the vaccine.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.