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Hospitalizations ease slightly in Southern Oregon

Two more COVID deaths reported in Jackson County Wednesday, four in Josephine County

The Oregon Health Authority said 182 people were hospitalized Wednesday with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties, eight fewer than Tuesday.

But the number of statewide COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized increased to 850 Wednesday, 12 more than Tuesday, including 224 in intensive care, two more than Tuesday.

Six more deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Southern Oregon, including two in Jackson County and four in Josephine County.

The Jackson County deaths included a 77-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 2 and died Tuesday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and an 83-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 8 and died Tuesday at Ashland Community Hospital.

The Josephine County deaths included a 68-year-old woman who tested positive Saturday and died Monday at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, an 81-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 2 and died Tuesday at Three Rivers Medical Center, an 85-year-old man who tested positive Monday and died Tuesday at Three Rivers Medical Center and a 91-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 3 and died Tuesday at Three Rivers Medical Center.

Eleven more deaths were reported across the state Wednesday. The fatalities pushed Josephine County’s death toll to 96 and Jackson County’s to 177 since the pandemic began.

All four of the Josephine County residents who died were unvaccinated, according to Josephine County Public Health. Josephine County said that 91 of the 96 deaths of COVID-positive patients had not been vaccinated.

Jackson County Health and Human Services does not list vaccination status when reporting COVID-19 deaths.

Other Oregon deaths reported Wednesday included a 50-year-old Yamhill County woman who died Aug. 11 at a hospital in Portland, a 58-year-old Jefferson County woman who died Tuesday, a 74-year-old Marion County woman who died Monday at a hospital in Salem, an 82-year-old Umatilla County woman who died Aug. 7 at her residence, an 82-year-old Umatilla County woman who died Saturday at a hospital in Hermiston, and a 90-year-old Marion County man who died Monday at a hospital in Salem.

State health officials reported 2,139 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, including 292 in Jackson County, 140 in Josephine County and 30 in Klamath County.

The OHA also provided details Wednesday about the 15 deaths it reported Tuesday. They included a 29-year-old Umatilla County woman who died Aug. 10 at a hospital in The Dalles, a 62-year-old Coos County man who died Friday, a 67-year-old Josephine County man who died Friday at Three Rivers Medical Center, a 69-year-old Douglas County man who died Saturday at a hospital in Roseburg, a 73-year-old Washington County man who died Friday, a 77-year-old Hood River County woman who died Saturday, an 82-year-old Umatilla County woman who died Saturday at a hospital in Hermiston, a 92-year-old Coos County woman who died Saturday at her residence, and a 64-year-old Washington County woman who tested positive Friday.