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Jackson County averaging 12 new COVID cases per day

Health officials reported 15 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday in Jackson County, pushing the county’s total since the start of the pandemic to 11,365 cases, according to an Oregon Health Authority report.

Over the past seven days, Jackson County has averaged 12 new cases per day, according to the report.

Since the start of the pandemic, 775 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized and 146 locals have died.

Josephine County recorded seven new cases Wednesday and averaged four new cases per day the past seven days, bringing Josephine County’s tally to 3,515 cases and 72 fatalities.

The local cases were among 269 new cases and 16 deaths recorded across the state Wednesday. The deaths included five in Clackamas County, four in Washington County, two in Multnomah County and one fatality each in Douglas, Grant, Hood River, Linn and Marion counties.

Nine people in Jackson and Josephine counties were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday, the second day of a downward trend in local hospitalizations.

COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked for the week with 15 patients Monday, dropped to 11 patients Tuesday and dropped another two patients Wednesday, the fewest since eight were hospitalized June 2, according to the data.

Statewide, 164 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday, eight fewer than Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, 43.19% of Jackson County’s population of 223,240 had received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to state data.

Of the 96,415 people who’d had at least one dose of the vaccine in Jackson County, 84,491 people — about 87.6% — had completed their vaccination schedules.