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Jackson County records 46 new COVID-19 cases

Jackson County recorded 46 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the local case count to 10,123.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 993 new cases , pushing the statewide caseload to 179,110.

One COVID-19 death was reported Thursday in Oregon, a 67-year-old Linn County man who tested positive Wednesday and died the same day at an area hospital. The man had underlying health conditions, OHA said.

Local hospitalizations are occurring at levels last seen in late January, according to OHA.

Thirty-four people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine hospitals, an increase by one from Tuesday, and one patient shy of the record for the month set Monday.

The last time Southern Oregon hospitals saw more than 33 patients was Jan. 28, according to the data. The record for the region was set Jan. 2 with 69 people hospitalized.

Since the start of the pandemic, 686 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized, and 129 people have died.

A FEMA drive-thru vaccine clinic at The Expo is open from noon to 7 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. No appointment is required for the free vaccine. See jacksoncounty.org/getvaccinated.

As of Wednesday, 46,241 Jackson County residents are considered fully vaccinated had been vaccinated in Jackson County, and 25,600 others have had the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Of the 115,361 doses administered, 57,394 are Pfizer, 54,549 are Moderna and 3,330 were of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered prior to the state halting the one-dose vaccine’s use last week.