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Jackson County at 8,944 coronavirus cases

Jackson County health officials recorded 31 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the latest case count to 8,944.

The 31 new local cases were among 339 cases recorded across the state and five new deaths, according to a release issued Saturday by the Oregon Health Authority.

The latest fatalities were those of a 70-year-old Yamhill County man, a 75-year-old Coos County man, a 78-year-old Lane County woman and a 94-year-old Multnomah County man. State health officials had confirmed the presence of underlying health conditions in the Lane, Multnomah and Yamhill County deaths, and were still in the process of confirming the presence of underlying conditions in the Coos and Columbia County deaths.

The new cases bring the state’s case count to 161,320 and the state’s death toll to 2,362.

Among the 8,944 local cases recorded since the start of the pandemic, 599 Jackson County residents had been hospitalized and 120 residents have died.

As of Friday, there were 19 COVID-positive patients in Jackson and Josephine County hospitals, according to Oregon Health Authority data. That’s an increase of six from the hospital region’s low for the month recorded March 13.

COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked on Jan. 2, with 69 patients.

Outbreaks are still active at three Jackson County assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, according to the state’s latest outbreak report. Rogue Valley Manor is linked to 49 cases and one death in an outbreak investigation that began Oct. 6; Pioneer Village is linked to 27 cases and one death in an outbreak investigation that began Feb. 10 and Orchards Assisted Living is linked to 39 cases in an outbreak investigation that began Feb. 14.

State health officials consider an outbreak resolved if there are no new cases identified for 28 days after the last onset of symptoms.

Jackson County workplaces with active outbreaks include Amy’s Kitchen in White City, linked to 144 cases in an investigation that started July 28 with most recent onset reported Feb. 28, the Jackson County Jail linked to 24 cases since Feb. 25 with the most recent onset reported March 3, Timber Products in White City linked to 22 cases in an outbreak first reported Feb. 5 with most recent onset reported March 10 and Timber Products in Medford linked to 15 cases in an investigation that started March 8 with its most recent onset of symptoms reported March 9.

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