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Jackson County at 9,357 cases

Jackson County recorded 36 new coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the county’s latest case count to 9,357.

The new Jackson County cases are among 476 COVID-19 cases recorded across the state Saturday, according to a release from the Oregon Health Authority, bringing the state’s latest case count to 166,480.

The state separately recorded six new coronavirus fatalities, including one in neighboring Josephine County, which brings the state’s latest death toll to 2,391.

The 81-year-old Josephine County man tested positive March 12, and died March 19 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. Josephine County health officials are still in the process of determining whether the man had underlying health conditions.

Other COVID-19 related fatalities across the state included a 70-year-old Multnomah County woman, a 90-year-old Lane County man, an 87-year-old Curry County man, an 85-year-old Lake County man and an 89-year-old Clackamas County woman, according to state health officials.

Of Jackson County’s 9,357 documented coronavirus cases, 630 locals have been hospitalized and 121 have died.

Broken down by age, the hospitalizations have involved eight children younger than nine years old, four youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 33 people in their 20s, 45 people in their 30s, 42 people in their 40s, 99 people in their 50s, 128 people in their 60s, 133 people in their 70s, 136 people aged 80 or older and two locals whose ages were not available.

As of Saturday, there are 20 COVID-positive patients in Oregon’s hospital region 5, which is comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services numbers.

For reference, last month’s lowest hospitalization numbers were recorded March 13 and 14 with 11 patients hospitalized, and peaked for the month Tuesday with 31 COVID-positive patients. The local record for coronavirus patients was recorded Jan. 2 with 69 patients hospitalized.

Statewide there were 153 patients hospitalized across Oregon, according to the Oregon Health Authority, a drop by four from yesterday.

State health officials say the number of patients may fluctuate between report times, and that the numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of a hospital stay.

Vaccination data for Jackson County remains unavailable due to “an error in county designation for some individuals” that was discovered Tuesday, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Statewide, health officials have administered more than 1.9 million doses comprised of 983,919 Pfizer doses, 911,513 Moderna doses, 47,048 Johnson & Johnson doses and 1,126 vaccine doses that don’t specify a manufacturer.

Together, that means 743,449 Oregonians are fully vaccinated and 496,268 have had their first of two vaccine doses.

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