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More than 28,000 more Jackson County residents need vaccinations to reach governor’s 65% goal

As of Tuesday, 28,856 more Jackson County residents who are at least 16 years old needed to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for the county to be eligible for looser health restrictions on businesses and activities, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

To reach the needed threshold, 119,976 eligible Jackson County residents, or 65% of the county’s 184,579 residents who are 16 or older, need to have received at least one dose. No other Oregon county needs more residents to recieve vaccinations.

On Tuesday, 91,120 had received at least one vaccination, or 49.3%, according to state data. So while the county is faring the worst, whole-number-wise, it is in the middle for percentage of vaccinated 16-and-older residents, ranking 19th of the state’s 36 counties, data show.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Kate Brown announced that counties that have met the 65% mark and have submitted a vaccine equity plan could have looser COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and activities. All counties will have restrictions lifted if the state as a whole achieves a 70% vaccination for residents 18 and older. As of Tuesday, 64.3% of Oregonians 18-and-older had received at least one shot.

OHA officials reported four new deaths Tuesday from COVID-19 , raising the state’s death toll to 2,628. Jackson County’s death toll remained at 143, and Josephine County’s stayed at 71, according to state data.

OHA officials also reported 424 new cases, increasing the statewide total to 199,931. Jackson County reported 24 confirmed cases, with seven new cases in Josephine County, bringing the counties’ totals to 11,144 and 3,434, respectively.

There were 274 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Tuesday in Oregon, eight more than Monday, with 75 of those patients in intensive care unit beds, unchanged from Tuesday. In Jackson and Josephine counties there were 19 patients hospitalized Tuesday with the illness, unchanged from Monday, with nine of those patients in ICU beds, one fewer than Monday, data showed.