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27-year-old Jackson County resident dies from COVID-19

The Oregon Health Authority reported 13 more deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the state’s death toll from the illness to 2,225.

The deaths included a 27-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive Jan. 26 and died Feb. 19 at Legacy Emmanuel Health in Portland. The man had underlying medical conditions, public health officials said in a news release.

OHA reported 269 new cases of the illness Tuesday, including 42 cases in Jackson County and 20 in Josephine County. The statewide caseload rose to 156,037 since the pandemic began. Jackson County’s total rose to 8,445 cases, and Josephine County has now logged 2,361 cases.

A Douglas County resident tested positive Monday for the illness’s P.1 variant, the strain first detected in Brazil, OHA officials said. It’s the first identification of the strain in the state.

“The individual has known travel history prior to testing positive,” an OHA news release said. “The individual has worked closely with the local health department and has followed public health recommendations for self-isolating.”

There were 149 hospitalizations from the disease statewide Tuesday, 17 more than Monday, with 29 people in intensive care, two more than Monday.

Twenty-nine people in Jackson and Josephine counties were hospitalized Tuesday, one more than Monday, with four in ICU, also one more than Monday.

As of Tuesday, 355,455 Oregonians were considered fully vaccinated against the illness, and 281,022 had received their first dose, according to OHA.

In Jackson County, 19,306 people were considered fully vaccinated, and 9,939 had received their first dose.

In Josephine County, 5,721 residents were considered fully vaccinated, and 3,334 had received their first dose.