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Jackson County at 149 deaths

State health officials recorded seven new coronavirus related deaths Thursday, including a Jackson County resident who died this week at a Medford hospital.

The seven deaths — three of which occurred this week and range in age 50s to 80s — increased the statewide death toll to 2,810 and the local death toll to 149, according to an Oregon Health Authority release and Jackson County Public Health data.

The 75-year-old Jackson County man tested positive Sunday and died Tuesday at Providence Medford Medical Center, according to state health officials. He had underlying conditions.

Other fatalities included a 56-year-old Washington County man who died June 18, a 59-year-old Baker County man who died Tuesday, a 63-year-old Marion County man who died Tuesday, a 68-year-old Umatilla County man who died May 5, a 78-year-old Deschutes County man who died Jan. 5 and an 83-year-old Morrow County woman who died Dec. 9.

Josephine County Public Health separately announced the death of a 70-year-old resident who died Feb. 3 at an Arizona hospital, which was not included in Thursday’s statewide tally. Josephine County health officials say that the man had underlying conditions, and had not been vaccinated for COVID-19.

State health officials also reported 322 new coronavirus cases Thursday, including 25 new cases in Jackson County.

Broken down by county, the new cases include 39 in Washington, 37 in Marion, 33 in Clackamas, 32 in Umatilla, 22 in Multnomah, 19 in Josephine, 18 in Linn, 15 in Douglas, 13 in Deschutes, 10 in Lane, nine in Polk, eight in Columbia and Yamhill, six in Crook, five in Benton, four each in Klamath and Morrow, three each in Union and Wasco, two each in Curry and Tillamook and one in Jefferson.

As of the latest Oregon Health Authority vaccination data available Thursday, 54% of the 179,522 Jackson County residents aged 18 or older had received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Of those 96,937 Jackson County residents vaccinated, about 50% — 89,756 locals — had completed their vaccination schedules, and the remaining 7,181 people had received only the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

The county needs 46,681 more locals to be vaccinated in order to reach an 80% vaccination goal by Aug. 31, according to state health officials, which would require 993 vaccinations per day.

Over the past seven days, Jackson County is actually averaging 81 new vaccinations per day.

Neighboring Josephine County is further behind, with 47.8% of its 71,032 residents older than 18 at least partially vaccinated. Josephine County needs 487 vaccinations per day in order to reach the same 80% goal by Aug. 31, and has averaged 29 per day during the past week.

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