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COVID-19 cases dip in Jackson County

The number of new COVID-19 cases was down in the Rogue Valley and across the state during the past week, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

OHA reported 295 new cases in Jackson County during the past week, a dip from 302 the week before. One Jackson County resident died of COVID-19-related causes during the past week.

Josephine County cases fell to 92 for the past week, down from 106 the week before. No Josephine County residents died of COVID-19-related causes during the past week, OHA said.

New cases across Oregon dropped to 4,745 for the past week, compared with 5,792 cases the week before. There were eight COVID-19-related deaths statewide during the past week, OHA said.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 45 patients with the virus on Wednesday, according to the most recent OHA data.

There were 297 hospitalized patients with the virus across Oregon.

In other COVID news this week, the Oregon Health Authority sent out information about the new Pfizer and Moderna “bivalent” boosters.

What we know so far, OHA said, is that Pfizer’s booster is for people 12 and older and Moderna’s is for 18 and older. Each is a single-dose booster that targets the currently circulating BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, as well as the original COVID-19 virus strain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to meet to discuss the boosters Sept. 1 and 2, and if the CDC approves, the new boosters could arrive in Oregon soon after Sept. 5.

What we don’t know yet, OHA said, is how long someone should wait after completing a primary series or getting an existing booster before getting a bivalent booster, and how long protection from the new boosters will last.

Also unknown is how effective the boosters will be against future variants, or when children younger than 12 will be eligible.