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Oregon reports nine more deaths from COVID-19

Oregon reported nine more deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, including two people in Jackson County and one in Josephine County.

The Jackson County deaths included an 80-year-old man who tested positive for the illness Jan. 27 and died Feb. 26 at his home, and an 82-year-old man who tested positive Jan. 28 and died March 3 at Rogue Regional Medical Center, according to a Jackson County Public Health news release. Both men had underlying medical conditions.

A 64-year-old Josephine County woman who tested positive Dec. 22 died Feb. 19 at Stanford Health Care. She also had underlying medical conditions.

Jackson County’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 118, Josephine County’s to 56, according to OHA data. Statewide, 2,293 Oregonians had died from the virus as of Friday.

OHA reported 251 new cases of the illness Friday in Oregon, raising the state’s cumulative total to 156,884 cases. Jackson County reported 29 new cases, the most for any county in the state, raising the local cumulative total to 8,542. Josephine County reported seven new cases, raising the county’s cumulative total to 2,390, OHA data show.

Twenty-four people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties Friday, two fewer than Thursday, with four in intensive care, one more than Thursday, according to state data. Statewide, 132 people were hospitalized with the disease, eight fewer than Thursday, with 30 in ICU, one more than Thursday.

On Friday, 389,149 Oregonians were considered fully vaccinated against the illness, and 297,683 had received their first dose, state data show.

In Jackson County, 19,889 people were considered fully vaccinated, and 12,173 had received their second dose.

In Josephine County, 5,839 people were considered fully vaccinated, and 4,341 had received their first dose.