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Two new COVID-19 deaths reported in Jackson County

Two more Jackson County residents have died of COVID-19, state and county public health agencies reported.

No other COVID-19-related deaths were reported Monday across the state.

The two Jackson County deaths included a 70-year-old woman who tested positive May 3 and died May 21 at Providence Medford Medical Center and a 78-year-old man who tested positive May 21 and died May 22 at Providence Medford Medical Center. Both residents had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll increased to 2,624 and Jackson County’s rose to 143, according to public health data. Josephine County’s death toll from the disease remained at 71, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

OHA officials also reported 284 new COVID-19 cases statewide, raising Oregon’s cumulative caseload to 198,972. It has been more than a month since Oregon reported a daily caseload below 300, when it reported 294 on April 12.

Jackson County Public Health reported 19 new cases, raising the county’s caseload to 11,120. The county recorded 374 COVID-19 cases from May 9 to 22, a rate of 167.5 cases per 100,000 residents. That’s a 14% drop from the previous two-week recording period, according to a county public health news release.

OHA officials also reported three new cases in Josephine County, which raised the county’s cumulative caseload to 3,428.

The OHA reported 266 Oregonians were in the hospital Monday with COVID-19, 18 more than Sunday, with 75 of those patients in intensive care unit beds, four more than Sunday. Nineteen patients were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties, three more than Sunday, with 10 of those patients in ICU beds, three more than Sunday, according to state data.

There were 1,740,904 Oregonians who had completed their vaccine series on Monday, with 431,246 others who had received one shot in a two-dose regimen, OHA data showed. In Jackson County, 75,377 residents had completed their series on Monday, and 16,843 others had received one of two doses.

Both counties continued to lag behind the state in all categories for vaccinations. Sixty-five percent of the state’s residents 18 and older have received one dose of vaccine, according to OHA data. Just over 49% of Jackson County residents have received at least one dose.

In Josephine County, 42.9% of all residents had received at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine.