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Oregon reports five more COVID deaths

OHA also reports 603 new cases, drop in hospitalizations

The Oregon Health Authority reported five more deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, including two in Klamath County and one in Douglas County.

The Klamath County deaths included a 64-year-old man who tested positive for the illness April 22 and died May 18 at Sky Lakes Medical Center, and a 74-year-old man who tested positive May 8 and died May 17 at Sky Lakes Medical Center, according to a news release. The 74-year-old man had underlying health conditions. The 64-year-old's condition was not available.

A 66-year-old Douglas County woman tested positive April 20 and died May 18 at Mercy Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

The five deaths raised Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll to 2,606. Jackson County’s death toll remained at 141, Josephine County’s at 71.

OHA reported 603 new COVID-19 cases, raising the state’s cumulative total to 197,356 cases.

Nineteen new cases were reported in Jackson County, and 18 were logged in Josephine County. That raised the cumulative caseloads for the two counties to 11,049 and 3,405, respectively.

Hospitalizations and vaccinations

On Thursday, 301 Oregon residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, five fewer than Wednesday, with 77 people in intensive care, one fewer than Wednesday, OHA reported.

Twenty-one people were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday.

Data show 1,656,783 Oregon residents have completed their vaccine series. Another 457,797 have received one shot in a two-dose regimen. A vaccine recipient is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after completing their vaccine series.

In Jackson County, 71,715 people had completed their vaccine series, and 18,273 others had received one of two doses.

In Josephine County, 26,328 people had completed their series, and 4,646 others had received one of two doses.

OHA releases pediatric COVID data

OHA also released data Thursday on COVID-19 pediatric cases. As of May 12, 12% of Oregon’s cases, totaling 23,161 people, were among residents younger than 18.

Jackson County has recorded 1,216 pediatric cases, and Josephine County has recorded 319.

Statewide, 224 pediatric COVID patients, or less than 1%, required hospitalization, compared to 10,391 adult cases — about 6% of the total — who required hospitalization.

Thirty-five pediatric cases had MIS-C, a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19 where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys and brain, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control.

The report said that Oregon is in the midst of a third “surge” in pediatric cases.

“After a dramatic spike in cases near the end of 2020, case counts decreased through March 2021, when cases began to rise again at the beginning of April,” the report said.