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Six more COVID deaths reported in Jackson County

55 of 56 local intensive care unit beds were occupied by COVID patients Tuesday

Six more COVID-19 deaths were reported Tuesday in Jackson County, along with 242 new cases of the disease, pushing the latest death toll to 190 and raising the local case log to 16,603.

The deaths included a 59-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 16 and died Saturday at Providence Medford Medical Center, a 67-year-old woman who tested positive July 31 and died Sunday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, a 70-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 6 and died Saturday at RRMC, a 73-year-old woman who died Saturday at RRMC, an 88-year-old woman who tested positive July 11 and died Aug. 17 at her residence, and a 95-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 19 and died Saturday at Providence.

In Josephine County, five more deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the county’s death toll to 111. The deaths included a 77-year-old man, a 77-year-old woman, an 80-year-old man, an 81-year-old man and an 83-year-old man.

Douglas and Coos counties each reported two more deaths Tuesday, accounting for 15 COVID-19 deaths reported Tuesday in Southern Oregon.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, 219 people with COVID were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties. The number surpassed Monday’s record by 10 patients. Fifty-five COVID-19 patients were in intensive care.

Jackson and Josephine counties have staffing and capacity for 56 intensive care patients. On Tuesday, the 56th ICU bed was also occupied, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Asante, which operates three Southern Oregon hospitals, reported on its social media pages that 166 of its 180 local COVID-19 patients had not been vaccinated against the virus.

Ten of the vaccinated patients between RRMC in Medford, Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass and Ashland Community hospital were seniors and four patients were younger than 65, according to Asante.

Eighty of the unvaccinated patients were younger than 65 and 86 are seniors.

Only three of its 48 patients in the intensive care unit had been vaccinated. Only one of its 19 ventilator patients had been vaccinated.

Jackson County Health Officer Dr. Jim Shames urged local people to get vaccinated and wear masks, asking people to think of the health care workers putting in long hours right now.

“They are exhausted,” Shames said in a prepared statement. “Please help our community overcome this, and do your part.”

To find a vaccine, dial 211 or visit the Oregon Health Authority’s Vaccine Finder website at govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine.