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Jackson County reports four more COVID deaths, Josephine sees 10

State health officials reported 43 new deaths Tuesday, including four in Jackson County and 10 in Josephine County.

The new fatalities increased the death toll in Jackson and Josephine counties to 206 and 119 respectively, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The latest fatalities in Jackson County included a 62-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 20 and died Friday at Asante Ashland Community Hospital, a 69-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 5 and died Sunday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 78-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 15 and died Friday at RRMC, and a 79-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 10 and died Sunday at RRMC.

On Tuesday, 210 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine County hospitals, including 60 in intensive care. The number is five more patients than Monday, but 11 hospitalizations fewer than the Aug. 25 record.

Health officials recorded 2,414 new cases across Oregon, including 118 in Jackson County and 112 in Josephine County.

Jackson County is averaging 249 cases per day during the past seven days, according to the state, while Josephine County has averaged 107.

Jackson County has a test positivity rate of 10.1%, while Josephine County’s rate is 16.1%.

The vast majority of local coronavirus patients Tuesday had not been vaccinated, according Asante. Only 11 of 176 coronavirus patients in the three Asante hospitals Tuesday morning had been vaccinated, according to the hospital system’s daily update on social media.

The vaccinated patients included eight seniors and three adults younger than 64. Of those vaccinated patients, only two were in intensive care, and one senior was on a ventilator.

Of the 29 deaths in the hospital region over the last seven days, 25 were unvaccinated — about 86%.

The unvaccinated patients included two juveniles 17 or younger, 87 adults between the ages of 18 and 64, and 74 seniors 65 or older.