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Nearly 50 new COVID-19 cases added to the county's count

Staff report

Jackson County reported 47 new confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the local total to 5,310 cases with 58 fatalities. A total of 764 cases are considered actively infectious and 347 people have been hospitalized to date.

The county said COVID-19 vaccines are 95% effective, safe per “rigorous” testing, and will help to end the pandemic in combination with traditional coronavirus public health tactics such as hand washing, mask wearing, avoiding crowds and staying six feet apart from others. Oregon remains in the first phase of vaccine distribution, for health care workers, emergency medical services staff, long-term care facility employees and residents and others with direct exposure to the virus.

The state reported 1,153 new confirmed and presumptive positive cases and one additional death Sunday, bringing statewide totals to 102,930 cases with 1,341 deaths. A total of 530 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state and 121 patients are in intensive care.