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Jackson County at 11,609 cases

State health officials have recorded 227 new coronavirus cases, including 14 new cases in Jackson County.

The new cases bring the statewide case count to 207,998, according to Oregon Health Authority numbers released Saturday, and Jackson County’s case count to 11,609.

Broken down by county, the new cases included 35 in Multnomah, 28 in Marion, 24 in Clackams, 20 in Linn, 13 in Lane, 12 in Douglas, 11 in Washington, eight in Deschutes, six in Columbia and Lincoln, five in Coos four in Baker, Benton, Morrow, Polk, Umatilla and Yamhill, three in Hood River and Josephine, two in Clatsop, Curry, Jefferson and Tillamook, and one case each in Crook, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Union and Wasco counties.

The state also recorded two fatalities Saturday, those of a 72-year-old Harney County man and an 86-year-old Marion County man. The Harney County man tested positive June 13 and died the following day at the Boise VA Medical Center, and the Marion County man tested positive June 19 and died Thursday at Salem Hospital.

The Oregon Health Authority says that both men had underlying health conditions that contributed to their deaths.

The number of COVID-positive patients in Oregon hospitals dropped to 145 Saturday, six fewer than Friday, according to the state. The highest number of patients over the past seven days was 162.

The number of coronavirus patient bed-days in Oregon hospitals dropped 5.7% this week compared to the previous seven days.

There were 18 COVID-positive patients in Rogue Valley hospitals Friday, according to the latest state data for Oregon’s hospital region No. 5 comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties. The number is two fewer than Thursday’s number, which was a high for June.

Over the past week, the number of cases had risen from 11 hospitalizations recorded June 19 to 20 hospitalizations recorded Thursday.

Earlier this month, on June 11, Southern Oregon hospitals saw seven hospitalizations, its lowest hospitalization number since October. The local hospitalization record was set Jan. 2 with 69 hospitalizations.

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