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Jackson County records one death, 83 new cases

Local health officials reported another COVID-19-related death Friday, increasing Jackson County’s death toll to 167.

The latest local fatality was a 53-year-old man who tested positive June 7 and died July 22 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, according to Jackson County Health and Human Services.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 84 new cases in Jackson County, bringing the local total to 14,503 cases. Josephine County added 77 new cases Friday, and Klamath County reported 21 new cases Friday.

Other COVID deaths across the state included a 56-year-old Multnomah County man who died Tuesday at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, a 61-year-old Douglas County woman who died Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, a 70-year-old Curry County man who died Wednesday at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, a 78-year-old Coos County man who died Wednesday at Bryan Medical Center in Nebraska, a 90-year-old Marion County man who died Wednesday at Salem Hospital, and a 95-year-old Crook County woman who died Thursday at St. Charles Bend Hospital.

Coronavirus hospitalizations set a new statewide record for the third day in a row Friday with 733 patients — 63 more than Thursday.

Southern Oregon COVID-19 hospitalizations continued a record streak for the 14th day in a row Friday with 164 people with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine county hospitals — 14 more than Thursday. Thirty-nine people were in intensive care.

Demand for testing has increased locally with the spike in cases, which included a record 416 cases in one day, according to Jackson County Public Health. Because of the high number of cases, health officials say they’re not able to alert all positive cases or close contacts. Instead, they recommend anyone who tests positive to self isolate immediately and notify all close contacts that they need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Jackson County health officials ask locals not to go to hospital emergency rooms just for COVID-19 testing. They recommend getting tested at one of the following locations:

  • Asante COVID-19 Specimen Collection Center, 1321 Center Drive, Medford; 541-789-2233
  • Providence Stewart Meadows Urgent Care, 70 Bower Drive, Suite 110, in Medford; 541-732-3962
  • Walgreens locations in Medford on East Barnett Road and West Main Street, and in Central Point on North Front Street
  • Valley Immediate Care locations at East Barnett and Delta Waters roads in Medford, and on Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland.
  • Rite-Aid, 636 N. Main St., Phoenix
  • La Clinica Acute Care Clinic, 616 Market St., Medford

Health officials recommend seeking emergency medical care for COVID-19 if a patient has trouble breathing, is in persistent pain or experiences pressure in the chest, new confusion, an inability to wake or stay awake and — depending on the individual’s skin tone — pale, gray or blue-colored skin.

Contact a medical provider for those or any other symptoms that seem severe or concerning.

When calling 911 or a local emergency room, local health officials ask that you notify the operator that you’re seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.