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Jackson County reports deadliest COVID-19 quarter

Summer virus deaths trended younger, according to county data

Jackson County Public Health reported 138 deaths during the third quarter of 2021 — its deadliest quarter since the start of the pandemic — and offered new data on the vaccination status of the first 298 locals to die of COVID-19.

More than 46% of the county’s COVID-19 deaths occurred during the months of July, August and September, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Jackson County Health and Human Services.

The average age of those 138 deaths in the third quarter of this year was 68 years. In contrast, the average age of patient deaths during the first quarter of 2021 was 79 years.

Out of the 298 COVID-19 deaths, 258 involved people who had not been vaccinated, according to Jackson County Health Promotion Manager Tanya Phillips.

Jackson County recorded 66 new COVID cases and two more deaths Wednesday, including a 57-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 16 and died Sept. 20 at his residence, and an 86-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 11 and died Sept. 17 at her residence.

The number of people with COVID-19 in Southern Oregon hospitals continued a downward trend Wednesday morning with 50 people hospitalized, including 17 in intensive care.

Hospitalizations have gradually declined since the Sept. 1 peak of 223 in the state’s hospital region No. 5, which is composed of Jackson and Josephine counties.

Statewide, health officials recorded 33 new deaths and 1,278 new cases Wednesday.

Broken down by county, the new cases included 139 in Marion, 130 in Lane, 113 in Multnomah, 106 in Clackamas, 105 in Deschutes, 101 in Washington, 73 in Linn, 58 in Umatilla, 50 in Douglas, 33 in Klamath, 31 in Crook, 30 in Malheur and Polk, 27 in Coos, 25 in Benton, 22 in Yamhill, 20 in Jefferson, 15 in Wasco, nine in Union, eight in Columbia and Lake, seven in Baker, six in Curry, five in Harney, four in Wallowa, and three cases each in the counties of Clatsop, Morrow and Tillamook.

Ages and other details about the 33 deaths reported Wednesday were not immediately available.