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139 new COVID cases, 6 deaths reported in Jackson County

Jackson County Public Health reported 139 new COVID-19 cases and six more COVID deaths Friday, including 67 new cases Wednesday, 45 new cases Thursday and 27 new cases Friday.

The new cases pushed the local death toll 355 and raised the case total to 24,747 since the pandemic began.

The most recently reported deaths included a 74-year-old man who died Sept.10 at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls; a 91-year-old man who died Oct. 19 at his residence; an 85-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 6 and died Nov. 21 at Providence Medford Medical Center; a 72-year-old woman who tested positive Nov. 9 and died Nov. 24 at Providence; a 75-year-old woman who tested positive Nov. 15 and died Nov. 21 at Providence; and an 85-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 21 and died Nov. 23 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

On Friday morning, 41 people with COVID-19 were in hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties, including 11 people in intensive care.

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the requirement for people to wear masks in outdoor settings, the county reported. Health officials continue to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone age 5 or older can receive the vaccine, and anyone age 18 or older can obtain a booster shot.

The Jackson County COVID-19 testing and vaccination site at The Expo in Central Point is closed through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For details about obtaining vaccinations in Jackson County, visit https://jacksoncountyor.org and click on the box titled “COVID-19 Vaccine” located on the right side of the home page, below the “Property Taxes” box.