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Jackson County at 135 coronavirus deaths

Local health officials recorded two new COVID-19 related fatalities Saturday, bringing Jackson County’s updated death toll to 135.

The latest Jackson County fatalities were those of an 87-year-old man and a 90-year-who each died Friday at Asante Ashland Community Hospital. The two men had underlying health conditions that contributed to their deaths.

The deaths were among seven recorded across the state, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which bring the state’s death toll to 2,528.

The other fatalities involved residents of Lane, Marion and Multnomah counties ranging between 62 and 69 years old. With the exception of two Multnomah County deaths involving a 69-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man whose health conditions were still in the process of being confirmed Saturday, health officials say all of the patients who died had underlying conditions.

Health officials recorded 833 new cases across the state, including 35 new cases in Jackson County.

The new local cases bring Jackson County’s latest case count to 10,716. Since the start of the pandemic, 719 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized.

Broken down by age group, those hospitalizations include eight children younger than nine years old, six youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 36 people in their 20s, 52 people in their 30s, 54 people in their 40s, 114 people in their 50s, 144 people in their 60s, 151 people in their 70s and 152 people age 80 or older.

As of Saturday, there are 25 COVID-positive patients in Oregon’s hospital region No. 5 comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties. The number is three patients fewer than the 28 patients recorded Thursday, according to state data.

The highest number of the past month was 35 patients recorded April 19, and the lowest number was 14 patients recorded April 30. Southern Oregon’s record was set Jan. 2 with 69 hospitalized patients.

There were 329 hospitalized patients across Oregon Saturday, which is five more patients from Friday, according to state health officials. Of those hospitalizations were 84 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, which state health officials say is six fewer compared to Friday.

As of Friday, 37.86% of Jackson County’s population of 221,290 had been vaccinated with at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to state data.

The Oregon Health Authority states that 22,831 people have had their first of two vaccination doses, and 60,956 people had completed their vaccination schedule.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.