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Six more deaths reported Friday in Jackson County

Local hospitalizations fall from Wednesday’s record

Jackson County Public Health reported six more deaths from COVID-19 Friday, pushing the local death toll to 199.

The county also logged 313 new cases of the disease, raising the county case total to 17,742.

The latest deaths included a 42-year-old woman who died Aug. 5 at her residence, a 45-year-old man who tested positive July 27 and died Wednesday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 62-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 7 and died Wednesday at RRMC, a 71-year-old man who tested positive July 27 and died Aug. 25 at RRMC, an 80-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 11 and died Aug. 19 at her residence, and an 89-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 19 and died Wednesday at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

On Friday, 214 people were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties, four fewer than Wednesday’s record of 218.

According to Asante, 164 of the 178 COVID-positive patients in its Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass hospitals have not been vaccinated.

Vaccinations in the county continued an upward trend, with an average of 563 new vaccinations per day for the seven days prior to Monday, Aug. 23 — in line with numbers last seen in June, according to Oregon Health Authority data. The county saw 755 vaccine doses administered Friday, Aug. 20, the most since 961 doses were given June 11.

As of Friday, 112,523 people in Jackson County had received at least one dose of a vaccine, about 50.4% of the county’s 223,240 population. OHA reported that 12,672 people had received one dose of either the Pfizer of Moderna vaccine, and 99,851 had completed a vaccination regimen.

For information on where to get vaccinated, dial 211 or visit the Oregon Health Authority’s vaccine finder website at govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine.