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Oregon Health Authority reports 21 new COVID-19 deaths

Oregon passes 200,000-case mark

Twenty-one more Oregonians have died of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday.

The deaths raised the state’s death toll to 2,660, according to a news release. Two of those deaths were in Klamath County, with one in Douglas County. There were no new deaths in Jackson or Josephine counties, according to OHA data. Jackson County’s COVID-19 death toll remained at 143, and Josephine County’s remained at 71, according to OHA data.

New cases

The agency also reported 433 new cases, which pushed the state’s cumulative caseload past the 200,000-mark to 200,210. The milestone came with an urging from state health officials.

“As we head into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, this milestone is a grim reminder that while case counts are decreasing statewide in large part due to vaccination, there remains a risk of COVID-19 in Oregon, especially for those who are not yet vaccinated,” OHA director Patrick Allen said in a news release. “I urge caution for Oregonians who are not yet vaccinated. You are still at risk of infection and should wear a mask indoors and practice physical distance precautions.”

Jackson County reported 22 new cases, raising the county’s cumulative caseload to 11,194. Josephine County reported 12 new cases, raising the county’s cumulative total to 3,458.

Hospitalizations

There were 256 Oregonians hospitalized with COVID-19 Thursday, 17 fewer than Wednesday, with 68 of those patients in intensive care unit beds, nine fewer than Wednesday. There were 17 Jackson and Josephine county residents hospitalized with the illness, two fewer than Wednesday, data showed.

Vaccinations

There were 1,790,838 Oregonians who had completed their COVID-19 vaccine series, with 415,617 others who had received one shot in a two-dose regimen, according to state data.

In Jackson County, 77,926 residents had completed their series, and 15,542 others had received one of two doses. In Josephine County, 27,636 residents had completed their series, and 4,372 others had received one of two doses.