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Jackson County at 8,569 coronavirus cases

Southern Oregon hospitals recorded one of the lowest COVID-19 hospitalization numbers of the past month, but they’ve yet to fall to hospitalization levels the counties saw last fall.

As of Saturday morning, there were 16 COVID-positive patients in Oregon’s hospital region 5 — comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties — according to a release issued by Jackson County Health and Human services. Of those 16 patients, four are in local Intensive Care Units.

The number is a decrease of eight hospitalizations from Friday, according to Oregon Health Authority data; however, according to the county the number of patients in the ICU did not change between Friday and Saturday.

The last time that Southern Oregon hospitals recorded 16 coronavirus patients was Feb. 11, according to the state data. The last time the region was below that number was Nov. 5, when the state recorded 13 hospitalizations.

The state data shows that local hospitalization numbers rose dramatically in November and December before peaking with 69 cases on Jan. 2.

Jackson County Public Health officials recorded 27 new coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the county’s latest COVID-19 case count to 8,569. No new fatalities were reported Saturday, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services.

Since the start of the pandemic, 570 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized and 118 Jackson County residents have died from COVID-19 complications.

Broken down by age, those hospitalizations have included seven children younger than 9 years old, four youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 30 people in their 20s, 42 people in their 30s, 35 people in their 40s, 94 people in their 50s, 113 people in their 60s, 120 people in their 70s, 123 people aged 80 or older and two people whose ages were not immediately available.