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Oregon surpasses 2,500 COVID-19 deaths

Jackson County reports 13 new cases

Oregon officials announced another 756 confirmed and presumed cases of the coronavirus in Oregon on Sunday, as well as three new deaths as the state passes the grim milestone of 2,500 dead.

Jackson County reported 13 new confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 Sunday, raising local totals to 10,522 cases with 131 fatalities to date.

The latest numbers come after dozens of county commissioners in Oregon signed a letter asking Gov. Kate Brown to back off new restrictions that went into affect Friday for restaurants, bars and other businesses in 15 counties.

On Friday, Brown defended her decision to move those 15 counties — encompassing nearly 70% of Oregon’s population — into the “extreme risk” category for COVID-19 restrictions, saying acting now will save lives as a fourth surge in cases continues to impact the state.

Where the new cases are by county: Benton (16), Clackamas (93), Columbia (4), Crook (8), Deschutes (67), Douglas (11), Grant (1), Hood River (6), Jackson (13), Jefferson (4), Josephine (10), Klamath (35), Lane (56), Lincoln (3), Linn (24), Malheur (1), Marion (81), Morrow (1), Multnomah (217), Polk (12), Tillamook (2), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (74) and Yamhill (14).

Oregon’s 2,499th death is a 74-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on April 17 and died on April 29 at Salem Hospital.

Oregon’s 2,500th death is a 72-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on April 23 and died on April 30.

Oregon’s 2,501st death is an 84-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on April 19 and died on April 29 at Salem Hospital.

Each person had underlying health conditions or state officials were working to determine if the person had underlying medical conditions.

A total of 345 patients are hospitalized with the virus and 76 are in intensive care.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 22,443 new doses of vaccines administered over the weekend, raising vaccination totals to 3,744,945 first and second doses overall, with a 33,710-dose-per-day average over the past week.