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19 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Southern Oregon

Hospitalizations trend down from last week’s record-setting pace

Jackson County reported five more deaths and 439 new cases of COVID-19 over the holiday weekend, and Southern Oregon hospitals saw a downward trend in patient counts from last week’s highs.

The Oregon Health Authority recorded 5,821 new coronavirus cases in Oregon over Labor Day weekend, including 262 in Josephine County. The new cases brought the statewide case log to 289,649 cases, pushed Jackson County's total to 19,402 cases, and hiked the Josephine County total to 7,890 cases.

State health officials recorded 54 more deaths over the weekend, including five in Jackson County and 14 in Josephine County, pushing the statewide death toll to 3,326.

Jackson County has reported 220 deaths since the pandemic began, and Josephine County has reported 143.

Details about the Jackson County fatalities were not available Tuesday afternoon, but the Josephine County deaths over the weekend included residents in their 20s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

The youngest death in the region was a 25-year-old woman in Josephine County who tested positive Aug. 8 and died Aug. 31 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland. She had not been vaccinated for COVID-19, health officials said.

Three of the deaths in Josephine County involved people who had been vaccinated, including a 70-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 12 and died Sept. 3 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, an 87-year-old woman who tested positive Saturday and died the same day at Three Rivers, and a 93-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 19 and died Thursday at Three Rivers.

Southern Oregon hospitals reported 34 fewer COVID-19 patients Tuesday, down from a record of 223 patients reported Sept. 1. On Tuesday morning, 189 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties, the fewest since Aug. 20, when 193 people with the virus were in the hospital. The drop from 221 Friday to 189 Tuesday was the largest drop since hospitalizations began rising in late July.

Hospitals in the region reported having 38 staffed non-intensive care unit hospital beds available Tuesday, and three ICU beds.

Statewide, 57 ICU beds were available out of 641 total, and 409 non-ICU hospital beds available out of 4,317.