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COVID trends differ in Jackson and Josephine counties

Coronavirus cases in Jackson and Josephine counties trended in different directions this week.

Jackson County began this week with 83 cases before dropping to 48 the next day. The rest of the week followed the same up-and-down pattern.

Josephine County started the week with 31 cases, but decreased to 15 by the end of the week.

Statewide, cases continued to trend upward, with just over 2,000 Monday and 2,400 near the end of the week.

Two people in Oregon died of COVID-19 this week, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Jackson County hasn’t reported a COVID-19 death since May 13, and Josephine County has not reported any since May 6, when two people died.

On May 16, 19 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in OHA Region 5, which includes Jackson and Josephine counties. By week’s end, 28 people were hospitalized with the virus. The uptick is a little different from last week, which saw 19 patients hospitalized May 9 before trending down to 13 the following Friday.

This past week, OHA showed that out of 58 staffed adult ICU beds in Region 5, 54 were occupied, leaving only four available.

Following a winter surge of COVID-19 cases, local case counts bottomed out in March. They’ve been trending up since then, but have not reached the high numbers seen in previous pandemic surges.

Public health officials in both Jackson and Josephine counties are advising residents to get tested if they believe they have COVID-19. Treatment works best when administered early, they said.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.