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Jackson County reports four more COVID deaths Wednesday

Local COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new high

Jackson County reported four more deaths and 251 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the latest case count to 18,575 and pushing the death toll to 210.

The latest local fatalities included a 68-year-old man who tested positive Monday and died the same day at Providence Medford Medical Center, a 74-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 16 and died Monday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, an 88-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 21 and died Monday at RRMC, and a 90-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 26 and died Sunday at Providence.

Jackson County tallied 50 COVID-19 deaths in August, which is a new monthly record, health officials reported.

The four deaths tallied here Wednesday were among 23 recorded across the state, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

On Wednesday morning, 223 people in Southern Oregon were hospitalized with COVID-19, surpassing the previous high of 222 hospitalizations recorded Sunday.

Most of those patients were not vaccinated, according to Asante. Of the 179 patients in Asante hospitals Tuesday, only 11 had been vaccinated.

State health officials Wednesday morning released added information about 43 deaths reported Tuesday in Oregon, including 10 in Josephine County. The Josephine County deaths included a 35-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 11 and died Aug. 19 at her residence, a 49-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 12 and died Sunday at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, a 64-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 24 and died Aug. 29 at Three Rivers, four residents in their 70s and three residents in their 80s.