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Jackson County reports eight more COVID deaths Wednesday

Jackson County reported eight more COVID-19 deaths and 201 new cases Wednesday, pushing the death toll to 228, and bringing the cumulative total to 19,595 cases.

The deaths reported Wednesday included a 66-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 26 and died Monday at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 69-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 11 and died Monday at RRMC, a 72-year-old man who tested positive Sept. 1 and died Monday at RRMC, a 73-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 31 and died Sunday at Providence Medford Medical Center, a 73-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 19 and died Tuesday at his residence, a 75-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 12 and died Sept. 1 at her residence, and a 90-year-old woman who tested positive Aug. 20 and died Aug. 26 at her residence.

On Wednesday morning, 186 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties, three fewer than Tuesday. It was the fifth day in a row that hospitalization numbers have dropped after peaking last week. Fifty-nine of those COVID-19 patients were in intensive care.

The vast majority of those in the hospital were not vaccinated, according to Asante.

Out of 147 COVID patients at RRMC in Medford, Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass and Ashland Community Hospital, only seven had been vaccinated, Asante reported.

Only one of 43 patients in Asante’s intensive care and intermediate care units had been vaccinated, and none of the ventilator patients had been vaccinated.

Of the 117 deaths at Asante hospitals in the past 90 days, 19 had been vaccinated.

State health officials released new details Wednesday about 54 deaths reported over Labor Day weekend, which included two people in their 20s and one in their 30s.

A 26-year-old Douglas County man who tested positive Aug. 12 died Sept. 1 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Oregon Health Authority. He had no underlying conditions.

A 25-year-old Josephine County woman who tested positive Aug. 8 died Aug. 31 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.

A 31-year-old Umatilla County woman tested positive Aug. 25 and died Sept. 3 at her residence.