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Josephine County at 69 deaths

Jackson County reported 56 new COVID-19 cases Friday, while Josephine County tallied 16 new cases and one new fatality, a 49-year-old man who tested positive April 10 and died Thursday at Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

The cases were among 990 new COVID cases and four more deaths reported across Oregon Friday, according to the Oregon Health Authority, bringing the statewide totals to 184,812 cases and 2,495 deaths.

The Josephine County man had underlying health conditions, according to a Josephine County Public Health news release. He was the 69th county resident to die of the disease since the start of the pandemic.

Other COVID deaths reported Friday included a 78-year-old Crook County woman, an 81-year-old Malheur County man and a 97-year-old Clackamas County woman.

Jackson County’s 56 new cases Friday brought the local count to 10,476 cases. Since the start of the pandemic, 700 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized and 130 have died.

Fourteen people were hospitalized with COVID in Southern Oregon hospitals Friday, according to state data. The highest number for the month was 35 patients recorded April 19.

Statewide, the number of hospitalized patients dropped by five to 334, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Of those people, 73 were in intensive care.