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Jackson County records 135 new COVID-19 cases

Jackson County recorded 135 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.
Oregon logs 2,011 new cases statewide

Jackson County recorded 135 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 2,011 new COVID-19 cases and 21 COVID-19-related deaths.

Information about those who died, including their ages and counties of residence, wasn’t immediately available.

OHA’s weekly COVID-19 report released Wednesday shows weekly cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the state are declining.

OHA reported 11,410 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 26. That represents a 2.1% decrease from the previous week, despite a 13% increase in testing.

Newly reported cases have now fallen for four consecutive weeks. The incidence of reported COVID-19 continues to be higher in Oregon counties with lower vaccination rates, OHA said.

There were 512 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, down from 579 last week, which marks a 12% reduction and the third consecutive week of declines.

There were 115 reported COVID-19 related deaths, down from 148 reported the previous week.

There were 159,442 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Sept. 19 through Sept. 25. The percentage of positive tests was 8.9%, a decrease of 10.5% from the previous week.

In Jackson and Josephine counties, the number of hospitalized patients hit a pandemic peak of 223 on Sept. 1 but had dropped to 95 on Wednesday. That number is still above a winter surge peak of 69 COVID-19 patients in Rogue Valley hospitals, according to hospitalization data.

The number of local COVID-19 patients in intensive care peaked at 65 on Sept. 3 and dipped to 42 Wednesday. During the winter surge peak, 22 COVID-19 patients were in local ICU beds.

The number of local COVID-19 patients on ventilators peaked Sept. 8 at 35 and stood at 22 on Wednesday — above the winter surge peak of 10 COVID-19 patients on ventilators in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Oregon’s workplace COVID-19 outbreak report showed active outbreaks in Jackson County at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (137 cases) and Providence Medford Medical Center (11 cases).

To protect privacy, OHA only reports workplace outbreaks with five or more cases and only at workplaces with at least 30 workers.

Jackson County schools with active outbreaks are Howard Elementary School (six cases), Rogue Valley Adventist School (three cases), John Muir Outdoor School (two cases), Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (five cases), Rogue River Elementary School (three cases), Oak Grove Elementary School (two cases), Ashland Middle School (four cases), Talent Middle School (five cases), Kennedy Elementary School (four cases), Lone Pine Elementary School (two cases), Phoenix High School (six cases) and St. Mary’s School (three cases.)

Jackson County care facilities with active outbreaks are Farmington Square - Medford (44 cases, eight deaths), Avamere Health Services of Rogue Valley (17 cases), Pear Valley Senior Living (19 cases), Rogue Valley Manor (19 cases), Avamere at Three Fountains (19 cases), Skylark Assisted Living (19 cases, one death), Avamere at Waterford Assisted Living Facility (15 cases), Morrow Heights Retirement & Assisted Living Community (three cases), Ridgeview Assisted Living Facility (14 cases), Weatherly Court Senior Living (10 cases, one death), West Wind ECU (five cases), The Springs at Ava Maria (nine cases), The Springs at Veranda Park (seven cases), Kinsington Oak Grove (two cases, one death).