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Jackson County residents, ages 38 and 44, among latest deaths

Local hospitalizations fewest since Aug. 13

Jackson County reported eight more deaths from COVID-19 Thursday, including a 38-year-old man who died Sept. 5 at his home, and a 44-year-old man who died Monday at Providence Medford Medical Center.

The ages of the other Jackson County deaths reported Thursday were 59, 62, 64, 75, 78 and 93. The deaths pushed the county’s death toll to 251 since the start of the pandemic.

Jackson County recorded 149 new cases of the disease Thursday, bringing the local case log to 20,639.

On Thursday, 160 people were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties, the fewest since Aug. 13, when the Oregon Health Authority logged 164 patients. Forty-nine people were in intensive care, OHA reported.

Of the 123 patients in Asante hospitals in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass, only 12 had completed vaccination schedules, according to an Asante social-media post.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 2,242 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and 11 new deaths.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon was 1,027 on Thursday, which is 40 fewer than Wednesday. There were 286 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, which was eight fewer than Wednesday.

There are 41 available adult ICU beds out of 658 total (6% availability) and 334 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,308 (8% availability).

Across Oregon, there were 41 available adult ICU beds out of 658 total, including four available ICU beds among Jackson and Josephine County hospitals.

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