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Lane County woman, 27, among two COVID-19 deaths

A 27-year-old woman in Lane County is among the latest Oregonians to die from COVID-19, according to state health officials.

The Oregon Health Authority reported two deaths and 233 new cases Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,758 and pushing the case count to 207,333.

The Lane County woman tested positive Sunday and died Monday at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield, and a 67-year-old Marion County man who tested positive May 30 died Sunday at Salem Hospital. Both people had underlying health conditions.

The 233 new cases include 18 in Jackson County, increasing the local caseload to 11,566. Since the start of the pandemic, 798 locals have been hospitalized and 146 have died because of COVID-19.

Broken down by county, other new cases included 29 in Marion, 27 in Multnomah, 14 in Clackamas, Deschutes and Linn counties, 13 in Lane, 12 in Washington, 11 in Douglas, 10 in Wasco, eight in Coos and Polk, seven in Baker and Umatilla, six in Josephine, five in Curry, four in Benton, Jefferson and Yamhill, three in Columbia, Crook and Lincoln, two in Harney, Malheur and Morrow, and one case each in Grant, Hood River and Union counties.

On Wednesday, 17 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties, the most this month, reversing a downward trend that culminated June 11 with seven, a number that hadn’t been seen in Southern Oregon hospitals since October. The record for most hospitalizations was set Jan. 2 with 69.

Statewide, 155 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of nine from Tuesday. Of those patients, 34 were in intensive care units.