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Jackson County reports 81 new COVID-19 cases

Deaths across Oregon spike again

Jackson County reported 81 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, while the state as a whole logged 1,650 new cases.

Although a surge in COVID-19 cases that started in the summer is waning, COVID-19 related deaths across Oregon jumped to 44 deaths reported Tuesday. Jackson County had six COVID-19-related deaths, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Jackson County residents who died were a 76-year-old woman who died at her residence, an 83-year-old man who died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 51-year-old man who died at his residence, an 85-year-old man who died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 64-year-old woman who died at Providence Medford Medical Center and a 55-year-old man who died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, OHA said.

OHA said Wednesday it was still confirming whether the 85-year-old man had underlying conditions. The others had underlying conditions.

With an Oct. 18 state vaccination deadline for health care and education workers approaching, vaccinations are trending up.

OHA reported an average of 11,039 doses delivered each day for the past week statewide.

During the state’s lowest vaccination period, Oregonians averaged 4,568 shots per day over a one-week period in mid-July, according to state vaccination data.

Statewide, 75.5% of people age 18 and older are vaccinated. Among counties, Jackson County falls in the middle of the pack with a 63.7% vaccination rate.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Jackson and Josephine counties continues to fall, dipping to 71 on Tuesday, according to hospitalization data.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units fell to 29, with the number of those patients on ventilators dipping to 19 in the two counties.

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds is trending down in Western Oregon, but going up in Central and Eastern Oregon, hospitalization data shows.

Asante, which operates three of the four hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties, reported Monday that 93% of its hospitalized COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated, 96% of its COVID-19 patients in ICU beds are unvaccinated and 100% of its COVID-19 patients on ventilators are unvaccinated.

For information on where to get vaccinated in Jackson County, visit jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments.

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