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Jackson County reports 8 more COVID-19 deaths

35-year-old and 41-year-old among those who died

Jackson County Public Health reported 55 new COVID-19 cases Monday and eight COVID-19-related deaths, including a 35-year-old man and a 41-year-old man.

The others who passed away were a 51-year-old woman, a 70-year-old woman, a 67-year-old man, a 69-year-old man, a 60-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman.

All had underlying conditions and died at Medford hospitals, according to Jackson County Public Health.

Update: Jackson County Public Health later issued a correction and said the 35-year-old man had no underlying conditions.

In Jackson and Josephine counties, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has dropped by more than half since early September. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds and on ventilators is trending down, but not as quickly.

The two counties had three ICU beds open Tuesday, according to hospitalization data.

Statewide, Oregon also reported a high number of COVID-19-related deaths, logging 41 across the state. The state recorded 1,658 new COVID-19 cases.

The Oregon deaths occurred among a broad section of age groups: four people in their 30s, five people in their 40s, five people in their 50s, 10 people in their 60s, six people in their 70s, 10 people in their 80s and a 97-year-old, according to OHA.

A mobile unit for free COVID-19 vaccination and free testing has been set up at the Jackson County Expo in partnership with OHA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The mobile unit is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from Sept. 28 through Oct. 8.

All three COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States are available at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. No identification or insurance information is needed and none will be requested for vaccination. Enter through Gate 3 at The Expo.

Pre-registration for COVID-19 testing is encouraged. To pre-register, visit www.doineedacovid19test.com, or registration can be done on site. People need to provide their names in order to have their test processed and to get results. Enter through Gate 2 to access testing.

People who are eligible for a Pfizer booster shot against COVID-19 can also get vaccinated at The Expo.

Booster shots are recommended for certain groups of people six months after they received their last COVID-19 shot.

Those who should receive a booster shot are adults age 65 and older and those who live in long-term care facilities, plus people age 50-64 with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk for social inequities, Jackson County Public Health said.

People who may receive a booster shot are adults age 18-64 with underlying medical conditions, or who are at increased risk of virus exposure and transmission because of where they work or live. That group include teachers, grocery store workers, health care workers and people who live in group care settings, Jackson County Public Health said.

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