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Jackson County at 193 deaths, Josephine at 116

Health officials in Jackson County reported one new COVID-19 death Thursday, and 218 new cases.

The new cases pushed the local case log to 17,434, and the death toll rose to 193, according to numbers from Jackson County Health and Human Services. Since the start of the pandemic, 1,229 Jackson County residents have been hospitalized.

In Josephine County, health officials reported four COVID-19 deaths Thursday, including a 71-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 4 and died Tuesday at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, an 81-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 6 and died Monday at Three Rivers, an 81-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 19 and died Tuesday at Three Rivers and a 97-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 10 and died Monday at his home.

None of the four people who died had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Of Josephine County’s 116 COVID-19 related deaths, 106 were not vaccinated, according to the release. Josephine County releases the vaccination status of COVID deaths while Jackson County does not.

The number of patients in Southern Oregon hospitals held at Wednesday’s record of 218 patients. Most of those patients were not vaccinated.

According to Asante, which operates Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, and Ashland Community Hospital, 92% of its 181 COVID-positive patients had not been vaccinated.

Of its 50 patients in intensive and intermediate care units, all but two had not been vaccinated, and all but one of its 18 ventilator patients had not been vaccinated.