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Josephine County man among six COVID-19 deaths reported Wednesday

State health officials reported six more deaths Wednesday from COVID-19 in Oregon, including a 52-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive June 18 and died Monday at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.

The latest deaths — involving patients ranging in age from their 40s to their 80s — pushed the Oregon death toll to 2,788 since the start of the pandemic and brought the number of COVID-19 deaths in Josephine County to 78.

The deaths reported Wednesday included a 41-year-old Hood River County man who tested positive July 2 and died Sunday, a 49-year-old Jefferson County woman who tested positive June 15 and died Saturday, a 64-year-old Marion County man who tested positive April 24 and died June 29, an 83-year-old Umatilla County woman who tested positive June 18 and died July 2, and an 87-year-old Lane County man who tested positive June 14 and died Saturday.

Oregon health officials reported 273 new cases of the disease Wednesday, including 11 in Jackson County, five in Josephine County and 11 in Klamath County.

On Wednesday, eight people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties, four fewer than Tuesday. In Oregon, 106 people were hospitalized Wednesday with the disease, 19 fewer than Tuesday. Thirty-one people with COVID-19 were in intensive care, two more than Tuesday.