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Monday marks one-year anniversary of COVID in Jackson County

Monday marked one year since COVID-19 appeared in Jackson County.

Since then, 8,604 cases have been reported, 118 local residents have died of the illness, and 572 people have been hospitalized.

On Monday, 23 new cases were reported and a previously reported case was removed from the county-wide total.

Of the cases, 2,200 have stemmed from 326 outbreaks of the illness, according to a news release from Jackson County Public Health. There were 98 outbreaks in county workplaces, and 95 occurred in congregate living facilities such as nursing homes, the release said. Twenty-two occurred in day care center, and 13 were tied to “social or religious gatherings.”

The illness is disproportionately affecting people of color in Jackson County, health officials said. Nearly 27% of the cases reported here have affected the county’s Latino population, who accounts for about 13.5% of the county, according to county health data.

People aged 20-29 accounted for 20% of all cases and had the highest rate of disease per 100,000 population. A majority of local deaths, 97, have been people 70 or older, with 34 deaths among people in their 70s and 63 people in their 80s.

Two more Oregonians died of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority announced Monday, increasing the statewide death toll to 2,298. OHA reported 234 new cases of the illness Monday, raising the statewide caseload to 157,515. Five were in Josephine County, according to OHA.

Fifteen people were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties Monday, unchanged from Sunday, with five in intensive care, also unchanged from Sunday, according to OHA.

As of Monday, 419,136 people in Oregon were considered fully vaccinated against the illness, and 321,292 had received the first of a two-dose series.

In Jackson County, 20,432 people were considered fully vaccinated, and 13,825 had received their first dose.

In Josephine County, 5,907 people were considered fully vaccinated, and 6,253 had received their first dose.