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Jackson County at 10,998 coronavirus cases

Local and state health officials recorded 39 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday in Jackson County, bringing the local case count two cases short of 11,000.

The local cases were part of the 484 new cases and four new deaths recorded Tuesday across the state, according to a release from the Oregon Health Authority. The statewide caseload stands at 196,390 and the state death toll is 2,594.

The latest fatalities were Multnomah and Clackamas County residents in their 50s and Linn and Klamath County residents in their 70s. Presence of underlying conditions were being confirmed in each of the four death investigations.

The 70-year-old Klamath County man tested positive April 28 at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, and died the same day.

Of Jackson County’s 10,998 cases since the start of the pandemic, 748 local residents have been hospitalized and 140 have died.

Broken down by age, the hospitalizations include eight children younger than 9 years old, six youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 37 people in their 20s, 55 people in their 30s, 58 people in their 40s, 122 people in their 50s, 150 people in their 60s, 153 people in their 70s, 157 people ages 80 or older and two patients whose ages are not available.

As of Tuesday, there were 27 COVID-positive patients in Oregon’s hospital region 5, which is comprised of Jackson and Josephine County hospitals.

Over the past week, hospitalizations have fluctuated at the Southern Oregon hospital region between 22 on Sunday and 28 on Monday. The all-time record was 69 patients recorded Jan. 2.

Statewide there were 331 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, according to state health officials, which is a drop by 11 from Monday. Of those 331 hospitalized patients, 79 were in intensive care unit hospital beds.

The statewide ICU number was a drop by two beds from Monday.

As of Tuesday, nearly 39.91% of Jackson County’s population of 223,240 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to OHA data. Some 18,498 locals had received their first of two doses of the vaccine and another 70,599 locals had completed their vaccination schedule.

Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, individuals who’ve received their second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are only considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed.

The 155,603 doses administered in Jackson County include 81,429 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 69,515 doses of the Moderna vaccine, and 4,555 doses of the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Starting Wednesday, Jackson County Public Health will begin administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine alongside the two-dose Moderna vaccine at its walk-in clinic at the Jackson County Expo.

Appointments are required for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of limited supply, but no appointment is necessary for the Moderna vaccine. For hours and details, see jacksoncounty.org/getvaccinated or dial 211.

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