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Oregon reports 11 new COVID-19 deaths

The Oregon Health Authority reported 11 more COVID-19 deaths Thursday, including one in Josephine County.

Josephine County’s 57th COVID-19-related death involved an 81-year-old man who tested positive March 1 and died March 9 at Ashland Community Hospital. He had no underlying medical conditions, according to a Josephine County news release.

Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll increased to 2,316, and Jackson County’s remained at 120.

OHA reported 367 new cases of the disease, increasing the caseload to 158,644 since the start of the pandemic. Jackson County reported 37 new cases, raising its to 8,709. OHA reported 13 new cases out of Josephine County, raising its total to 2,467 cases.

Twelve people were hospitalized Thursday with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties, one fewer than Wednesday, with four in intensive care, one more than Wednesday, according to state data.

In Oregon, 121 people were hospitalized with the disease Thursday, one fewer than Wednesday, with 24 patients in ICU, two more than Wednesday.

445,624 Oregonians were considered fully vaccinated Thursday against COVID-19, and 342,843 had received the first shot in a two-dose series, according to OHA.

In Jackson County, 21,555 people were considered fully vaccinated, and 14,472 had received the first dose.

In Josephine County, 6,151 people were considered fully vaccinated, and 6,904 had received the first dose.