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1 death, 21 new cases in Jackson County

Oregon reported two more deaths Wednesday from COVID-19, including a 73-year-old Jackson County woman who died Monday at Providence Medford Medical Center after testing positive Feb. 28.

The woman had underlying health conditions, the Oregon Health Authority reported. She was the 120th person in Jackson County to die from the disease since the start of the pandemic, and one of 2,305 fatalities recorded in the state.

The other death reported Wednesday was that of an 85-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Feb. 15 and died Monday, according to state health officials. She also had underlying health conditions.

OHA recorded 306 new coronavirus cases in Oregon Wednesday, including 21 new cases in Jackson County.

Broken down by county, the new cases included 61 in Multnomah, 36 in Washington, 29 in Marion, 23 in Clackamas, 19 in Coos, 17 cases each in Deschutes and Josephine counties, 15 in Lane, 12 in Douglas, eight in Yamhill, seven in Benton, six each in Grant and Umatilla counties, four each in Columbia and Linn counties, three each in Clatsop and Jefferson counties, two cases each in Crook, Curry, Klamath, Malheur, Union and Wasco counties and one case each in Baker, Lincoln and Morrow counties.

Oregon has recorded 158,291 cases since the start of the pandemic.

As of Tuesday, 21,030 people were considered fully vaccinated in Jackson County, and 13,891 had received the first of two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, according to OHA data.

Another 292 people in Jackson County had been vaccinated with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Three Jackson County workplaces still have active outbreaks, according to the state’s weekly outbreak report released Wednesday afternoon.

  • Amy’s Kitchen in White City is linked 144 cases as of Wednesday in an outbreak investigation that began July 28. The most recent onset of symptoms was reported Feb. 28.
  • Timber Products Company in White City is linked to 22 cases in an outbreak investigation that began Feb. 5. The most recent onset of symptoms was reported March 3.
  • The Jackson County Jail in Medford is linked to 12 cases in an outbreak investigation that began Feb. 25, and the most recent onset of symptoms reported the same date.

The 12 Jackson County Jail cases in an increase by one case since Feb. 25, when the jail reported that 10 inmates in a shared living space were showing symptoms, according to an earlier news report. An eleventh in the same unit refused to be tested.

The state report shows that an outbreak at the Josephine County Jail is also still active, with the jail in Grants Pass linked to 51 cases in an outbreak investigation that began Jan. 29 and the most recent onset of symptoms reported Feb. 24.

The two Southern Oregon jails have similar sizes, but vastly different layouts, according to earlier news reports.

The 1981 built Jackson County Jail has been operating at roughly two thirds of its maximum capacity of 315 inmates during the pandemic, according to earlier news reports. It uses a “linear” design where corrections deputies patrol long hallways and most inmates stay in one of numerous small clusters of cells with space for watching TV dining at a table.

The 2000 built Josephine County Jail has a maximum capacity for 262 inmates and currently holds 185. The Grants Pass jail uses a “podular” layout where corrections deputies monitor inmates from a central pod. The more modern layout makes it easier for corrections deputies to monitor inmates, but also has fewer areas for keeping inmates separate.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.