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Jackson County reports two COVID-19 deaths

Two more Jackson County residents have died of COVID-19, Jackson County Public Health reported Wednesday, bringing its death toll up to 145.

A 93-year-old man tested positive May 13 and died Saturday at Providence Medford Medical Center. A 53-year-old woman tested positive May 4 and died Monday at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Both had underlying health conditions.

The 53-year-old Jackson County woman’s death was one of two fatalities recorded across the state Wednesday, according to an Oregon Health Authority release. The second Oregon death, which brings the state’s death toll to 2,676, was a 54-year-old Douglas County man who tested positive May 17 and died Thursday at his residence.

The OHA recorded 356 new new cases across the state, including 33 new cases in Jackson County. The new numbers raise the state’s case count to 201,996 and Jackson County’s caseload to 11,283.

Broken down by county, the new cases included 40 in Marion, 32 in Clackamas and Multnomah, 26 in Lane and Umatilla, 25 in Washington, 16 in Douglas, 13 each in counties of Deschutes and Jefferson, 12 in Linn, 11 in Harney, 10 in Polk, eight in Benton and Klamath, seven in Grant and Josephine, five in Baker and Crook, four in Curry and Yamhill, two each in Columbia, Hood River, Lincoln and Union and one case each in Lake, Wallowa and Wasco counties.

The county saw a 35% drop in cases of the illness over the past two weeks, the release said. From May 16 to May 29, the county reported 284 new cases, or a rate of 127.2 per 100,000 county residents. From May 2 to May 15, the county reported 436 cases, a rate of 195.3 cases per 100,000 county residents.