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Jackson County at 11,325 COVID-19 cases

Local hospitalizations reached lowest number since October earlier this week

State health officials recorded 330 new coronavirus cases Saturday across Oregon — including 12 new cases in Jackson County.

The Oregon Health Authority numbers released Saturday bring the statewide case count to 202,995 and the Jackson County case count to 11,325.

Broken down by county, the latest coronavirus cases include 44 cases in Multnomah, 37 in Clackamas, 33 in Marion, 25 in Lane, 29 in Yamhill, 21 in Washington, 19 in Douglas, 17 in Linn, 16 in Deschutes, 15 in Umatilla, 11 in Columbia, eight in Klamath, seven in Benton, five in Wasco, four in Crook, three each in the counties of Hood River, Jefferson, Josephine, two in Baker, Clatsop, Polk, Union and Wallowa counties and one each in Harney, Lake, Lincoln, Morrow and Tillamook counties.

The Oregon Health Authority also recorded five fatalities Saturday.

The deaths included three Clackamas County residents in their 70s, one Clackamas County resident in their 90s, and a 78-year-old Klamath County woman who tested positive May 12 and died Tuesday at her residence.

Health officials have confirmed underlying conditions in four of the five fatalities, and the presence of underlying conditions in the death of a 72-year-old Clackamas County man is still being confirmed.

Of Jackson County’s 11,325 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, 769 have needed hospitalization and 145 have resulted in death, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services data as of Saturday.

Broken down by age, those local hospitalizations include eight children younger than nine years old, eight youths between the ages of 10 and 19, 39 people in their 20s, 55 people in their 30s, 62 people in their 40s, 127 people in their 50s, 155 people in their 60s, 156 people in their 70s and 159 people ages 80 or older.

Earlier this week, Southern Oregon hospitals saw the lowest number of coronavirus patients in more than half a year.

There were eight COVID-positive patients Wednesday in Oregon’s hospital region No. 5, which is comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties.

That number rose to 13 patients on Thursday before reaching 12 COVID patients Friday, but the last time local hospitals saw eight coronavirus patients was Oct. 23, according to the state data.

The local hospitalization record was set Jan. 2 with 69 COVID patients.

Statewide, there were 196 hospitalized patients across Oregon, which is a drop by 23 patients from Friday. Of those hospitalized, 60 patients are in intensive care units across Oregon.

As of Saturday, 42.87% of Jackson County’s population of 223,240 had received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Some 82,392 locals had completed their vaccination schedules as of Saturday, and another 13,320 locals had received their first of two doses of the Pfizer of Moderna vaccine.

The 172,908 vaccine doses administered in Jackson County include 92,325 Pfizer, 74,829 Moderna and 5,632 of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 122 doses that health officials have not specified.

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