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25-year-old is latest local COVID-19 fatality

A 25-year-old Jackson County man died this week of COVID-19, public health officials reported Wednesday.

The man, who had underlying medical conditions, tested positive for the illness April 28 and died May 10 at Providence Medford Medical Center, pushing the local death toll to138.

Jackson County Public Health reported 42 new cases of the illness Wednesday and removed a previous case from the rolls, raising the county’s cumulative total 10,824 cases since the pandemic began.

The Oregon Health Authority reported six new cases in Josephine County, raising the county’s cumulative total to 3,333 cases. The county has recorded 71 COVID-19 deaths.

Statewide, OHA reported nine new COVID-19 deaths and 616 new cases Wednesday, raising the state’s death toll from the disease to 2,558, and raising the cumulative total to 193,014.

On Wednesday, 346 Oregonians were hospitalized with COVID-19, one more than Tuesday, with 25 in Jackson and Josephine counties, three fewer than Tuesday.

Oregon reached another milestone Wednesday in efforts to vaccinate the population: More than 2 million Oregonians have received at least one dose of vaccine.

As of Wednesday, 1,509,537 Oregonians had completed their two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Another 496,642 people had received the first of two doses.

In Jackson County, 64,234 people had completed their vaccine series as of Wednesday, and 21,359 had received one shot in a two-dose regimen.

In Josephine County, 24,889 people had completed their vaccine series as of Wednesday, while 4,841 others had received the first of two shots.