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5 more COVID-19-related deaths reported in Jackson County

Southern Oregon hospitalizations continue record streak

Jackson County reported five more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, and Southern Oregon hospitalizations continued a record-breaking streak for an 18th day.

The latest local deaths included a 47-year-old woman who tested positive July 23 and died Saturday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 63-year-old woman who tested positive July 28 and died Sunday at RRMC, a 70-year-old woman who tested positive July 28 and died Saturday at Providence Medford Medical Center, a 71-year-old man who tested positive July 23 and died Saturday at Asante Ashland Community Hospital, and an 85-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 5 and died Friday at RRMC.

Jackson County has now reported 175 deaths from COVID-19.

The county reported 242 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the latest total to 15,289 cases since the pandemic began.

The new local cases and deaths were among 2,941 new cases and 15 deaths reported across the state, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Broken down by county, the new cases include 420 in Washington, 363 in Marion, 300 in Douglas, 253 in Lane, 141 in Clackamas, 145 in Multnomah, 110 each in Josephine and Linn, 94 in Deschutes, 88 in Yamhill, 84 in Umatilla, 76 in Coos, 71 in Columbia, 52 in Klamath, 43 in Polk, 42 in Lincoln, 40 in Union, 39 in Malheur, 36 in Clatsop, 29 in Benton, 27 in Crook and Tillamook, 25 in Wasco, 14 in Harney, 12 in Hood River, 11 in Jefferson and Morrow, eight in Curry, six in Gilliam, four in Wallowa and three in Baker.

On Tuesday, 190 people were hospitalized in the state’s hospital region No. 5, which is composed of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Southern Oregon has set records daily records for hospitalizations since July 31.

The surge in cases has sparked a rise in local demand for tests. On Tuesday afternoon, all Jackson County Walgreens locations showed no appointments available for COVID-19 tests until next week. The drugstore chain showed only a few appointments still available at Grants Pass and Roseburg locations.

Jackson County Public Health asks people not to show up at hospital emergency rooms just to get tested. Instead, they listed the following places for COVID tests:

  • Asante COVID-19 Specimen Collection Center, 1321 Center Drive in Medford, 541-789-2233. Asante requires a referral from a doctor to ensure that a COVID patient gets the care they need. Those without a primary care physician should call Asante’s COVID hotline at 541-789-2813.
  • Providence Stewart Meadows Urgent Care, 70 Bower Drive, outdoor COVID-19 testing tent, in Medford, 541-732-3962.
  • Valley Immediate Care locations in Medford at 1700 E. Barnett Road and 1600 Delta Waters Road, and in Ashland at 1401 Siskiyou Blvd., Suite 1.
  • Rite-Aid at 636 N. Main St., Phoenix
  • La Clinica Wellness Center, 730 Biddle Road, Medford.