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Jackson County at 11,227 coronavirus cases

COVID-19 patients at Southern Oregon hospitals continue downward trend

State health officials recorded 376 new COVID-19 cases Saturday — including 18 new cases in Jackson County.

The new cases bring the statewide case log to 201,004 and the local case count to 11,227, according to an Oregon Health Authority release.

Broken down by county, the new cases include 59 in Multnomah, 43 in Marion, 39 in Washington, 38 in Clackamas, 30 in Deschutes, 28 in Lane, 16 in Yamhill, 13 each in the counties of Douglas and Umatilla, 11 each in Klamath and Lincoln, eight in Josephine, six in Harney and Jefferson, five in Polk, four in Benton and Wasco, three in Coos and Sherman, two each in Clatsop, Curry and Malheur and one case each in Hood River and Lincoln counties.

State health officials also recorded one death Saturday — the state’s 2,666th — that of a 79-year-old Douglas County man who tested positive May 15 and died Wednesday at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield. Officials say that the man had no underlying health conditions that contributed to his death.

The number of COVID-positive patients in all Oregon hospitals dropped by by three to 257 patients, according to the state. That number includes 56 patients in hospital intensive care units, three fewer ICU patients compared to Friday.

There were 15 COVID-positive patients in Southern Oregon hospitals as of Friday, according to the latest state hospital data available for Oregon’s hospital region No. 5 comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties. The number is the lowest yet recorded for the month of May.

Health officials recorded 14 patients on April 30, according to state data. The numbers fluctuated in early May, but local hospitalization numbers have been gradually falling since the 28 patients recorded May 18.

The record for local hospitalizations was 69 patients recorded Jan. 2.

As of the latest state vaccination data, 42.2% of Jackson County’s 223,240 residents had received at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Of the 94,204 people vaccinated locals, 14,857 have had their first of two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine according to state data as of Saturday, and 79,347 locals have completed their vaccination schedules.

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