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Jackson County reports 76 new COVID-19 cases

No new COVID-19 deaths reported Tuesday

Jackson County reported 76 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and no COVID-19-related deaths, welcome news after a surge this summer that saw daily counts skyrocket past 600 cases.

Statewide, the Oregon Healthy Authority recorded 1,707 new cases and 30 more COVID-19-related deaths.

More information about the deaths, including the ages and counties of residence for those who passed away, wasn’t immediately available.

Statewide models predicted newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases would peak in early September, although deaths wouldn’t peak until later.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 Tuesday across Oregon was 944, which was 24 fewer than Monday. There were 264 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, 14 fewer than Monday, OHA said.

On Tuesday, 117 patients with COVID-19 were in Jackson and Josephine county hospitals, with 37 of those patients in intensive care. The number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators stood at 25.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the two counties has dropped from a peak Sept. 1 of 223.

However, there are still more patients with COVID-19 in hospitals now than during a winter surge that peaked at 85 hospitalized patients Dec. 19, 2020.

On Tuesday, seven ICU beds were available across the four hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties, according to hospitalization data.

Asante, which operates three of the four hospitals, reported Tuesday that COVID-19 hospitalizations have been declining. The health network urged the public to take precautions to slow the spread of the virus, and said vaccinations help prevent hospitalizations and deaths.

Of 96 COVID-19 patients in Asante hospitals Tuesday, 85% were unvaccinated. Of 33 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds, 91% were unvaccinated. Of 17 COVID-19 patients on ventilators, 94% were unvaccinated.

Over the past 90 days, 84% of the people who died with the virus were unvaccinated, Asante said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.