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Jackson County at 131 deaths

State and local health officials recorded the death of a Jackson County resident among a trio of new coronavirus related fatalities across the state Saturday.

The three new COVID-19 deaths bring Oregon’s death toll to 2,498, and the single new local death bring’s Jackson County’s death toll to 131.

The latest Jackson County death was that of a 70-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday, April 26, and died Thursday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The man had underlying health conditions that contributed to his death.

State health officials also recorded deaths of a 43-year-old Linn County woman who tested positive March 29 and died Tuesday at a hospital in Albany, and an 81-year-old Malheur County woman who tested positive for the virus Nov. 30 and died March 6 at her residence.

The presence of underlying health conditions is still being confirmed in the case of the Linn County woman, and the death certificate for the Malheur County woman lists COVID-19 as “a cause or a significant condition contributing to death” and notes that the 81-year-old woman had underlying conditions.

The Oregon Health Authority recorded 794 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cased Saturday — including 33 new cases in Jackson County — bringning the state’s case count to 185,597.

The new cases bring Jackson County’s caselog to 10,510. Three new Jackson County residents were logged as hospitalized Saturday, bringing the number of Jackson County residents hospitalized since the start of the pandemic to 703.

Statewide, there were 331 COVID patients hospitalized across the state — a drop by three from Friday and a drop by eight from earlier this week, according to state health officials. Of those 331 patients, 71 are in intensive care units as of Saturday, a decrease by two from Friday.

The number of hospital patients fluctuates between report times, according to the state, and the numbers do not reflect the number of admissions per day nor the lenght of hospital stays.

Statewide, 563,291 Oregonians have had their first of two vaccines and 1,275,121 are considered fully vaccinated, according to state vaccination data.

More than 35% of Jackson County is vaccinated as of Friday, according to the state data, with than 79,009 people at least partially vaccinated out of Jackson County’s population of 221,290.

As of Friday, 24,263 Jackson County residents have had their first of two vaccine doses, and 54,746 are considered fully vaccinated.

Of the 130,667 doses administered in Jackson County, 65,849 are of the Pfizer vaccine, 61,070 are of the Moderna vaccine and 3,651 are of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.