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Southern Oregon nears hospitalization record

Southern Oregon is five COVID-19 hospitalizations away from surpassing a record set in January.

On Thursday, 65 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon’s hospital region No. 5, composed of Jackson and Josephine counties — four away from the local record of 69 hospitalizations, according to Jackson County Public Health data.

Hospitalizations are rising across the state. On Thursday, 285 people in Oregon were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the Oregon Health Authority, 11 more than Wednesday, with 84 people in intensive care, which was a decrease of two.

Since the start of the pandemic, 894 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized, according to state health officials. Broken down by age, those patients include nine children ages 9 or younger, 10 between the ages of 10 and 19, 45 people in their 20s, 64 people in their 30s, 73 people in their 40s, 157 people in their 50s, 181 people in their 60s, 179 people in their 70s and 176 people 80 or older.

Jackson County Public Health reported two more deaths Wednesday, an 80-year-old man who tested positive July 21 and died Tuesday at his residence, and an 83-year-old man who tested positive July 16 and died Wednesday at his residence, bringing the county death toll to 155.

Oregon reported 1,026 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including 111 in Jackson County, pushing the local case count to 12,523 and raising the state total to 218,689 cases.

The local deaths were among six reported across the state Thursday, raising the state’s death toll to 2,855.