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Jackson County moves to ‘moderate’ risk Friday

Jamie Lusch / Ashland TidingsOutside dining is offered Tuesday at Calle Guanajuato in Ashland. Under moderate risk restrictions, a party of eight people can dine outdoors together at a restaurant.

Jackson County’s COVID-19 risk level will move to moderate Friday, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday.

From May 30 to June 12, the area saw 188 new COVID-19 cases, a rate of 84.2 per 100,000 residents. Moderate risk is considered between 50 and 99 cases per 100,000 residents.

At moderate risk, restaurants can increase indoor dining from 25% to 50% capacity, but no more than 100 people. Restaurants can allow 150 patrons outside, up from 120. Eight people can sit together outside and six inside.

The Oregon Health Authority reported seven new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, raising the state’s death toll from the disease to 2,737.

On Tuesday, 172 people were hospitalized statewide with COVID-19, two fewer than Monday, with 46 people in intensive care, unchanged from Monday.

In Jackson and Josephine counties, 12 people were hospitalized with the illness, and four were in ICU beds.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 314 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, raising the state’s cumulative total to 205,468 cases.

Jackson County reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday — the cases accounting for Sunday and Monday totals — pushing the county’s total to 11,459 cases.

Josephine County reported four new cases, raising its cumulative total to 3,536 cases.

Statewide, 64.4% of people 16 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine as of Tuesday, with 57.5% having completed their vaccinations. A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the series is complete.

In all, 2,054,069 Oregonians, including youth 12 and older, had completed their vaccination series, while 275,802 had received one shot in a two-dose regimen.

In Jackson County, 87,498 residents had completed their series, while 10,185 had received one of two doses. Of Jackson County’s 16-and-older population, 51.7% had received at least one dose, with 46.7% had completed their series.

Tuesday was the final day of operation for Jackson County Public Health’s Vaccination Equity Center, which opened April 21. As of June 13, the center had administered more than 26,000 vaccinations. Multiple agencies, including the Oregon Health Authority, Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Department of Defense, supported the endeavor.

“We are very grateful for their help in making our community healthier and safer from COVID-19,” said Tanya Phillips, health promotion manager for Jackson County Public Health.

In Josephine County, 30,411 residents had completed their vaccine series, while 3,325 others had received one of two doses.

About 45.5% of the county’s 16-and-older population had received at least one dose of vaccine as of Tuesday, with 41.3% completing their series.