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Oregon reports 1,350 new COVID cases Thursday

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State health officials recorded eight new coronavirus deaths Thursday, including one new fatality in Josephine County.

The latest COVID-19 fatality brings Josephine County’s death toll to 261, according to the latest Oregon Health Authority numbers.

The latest deaths reported around the state included two deaths each in Washington and Union counties, and one death each in the counties of Clackamas, Benton and Polk.

Statewide, OHA recorded 1,350 new cases across the state including 104 new cases in Jackson County, 35 new cases in Josephine County and 10 new cases in Klamath County.

The new cases brings Jackson County’s case log to 26,044, Josephine County’s total to 10,768 and Klamath County’s number to 9,289.

On Thursday morning, 49 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon’s hospital region No. 5 — composed of Jackson and Josephine counties — including 15 in intensive care. Most of those patients were not vaccinated, according to Asante.

Of the 39 COVID-positive patients at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass and Ashland Community Hospital, eight patients had been vaccinated.

Five of the seven patients on ventilators at Asante hospitals were not vaccinated. Of the 68 patients who’ve died from COVID-19 over the past 90 days at Asante hospitals, all but seven were unvaccinated.

Jackson County Health officials recommend delaying travel until fully vaccinated, as well as adding "layers of protection“ during gatherings. Those recommendations include wearing masks in indoor public spaces, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, getting tested before gatherings and frequent hand-washing.

If you’re sick or show symptoms, don’t attend or host gatherings.

“Not every tool we have to fight the pandemic is perfect; adding layers will provide additional protection and help slow the spread,” said a press release from Jackson County Public Health.