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Jackson County reports 102 new COVID-19 cases

County records two new COVID-19-related deaths

Jackson County Public Health reported 102 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and two COVID-19-related deaths.

A 57-year-old man with no underlying conditions died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. An 84-year-old woman with underlying conditions died at Asante Ashland Community Hospital, Jackson County Public Health said.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 1,564 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 33 new COVID-19-related deaths, including the deaths in Oregon.

Outside Jackson County, those who died were five people in their 40s, four people in their 50s, eight people in their 60s, seven people in their 70s, four people in their 80s, two people in their 90s and a 102-year-old, according to OHA.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 tests are available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday at a mobile vaccination unit at the Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

Identification and insurance information is not required to get vaccinated. Enter through Gate 2 at The Expo.

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is available at the mobile unit, along with the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer shots.

With the mobile clinic closing after Friday, anyone who gets a first Moderna or Pfizer shot at the mobile clinic will have to schedule a second shot at another location.

For information on other vaccination sites in Jackson County, call 211 or see jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments/where-to-get-vaccinated-in jackson-county.

Pre-registration is encouraged for people who want to get tested for COVID-19 at the mobile unit at The Expo. To register, go to www.doineedacovid19test.com, or registration can be done on-site. Individuals must register using their own names for their test to be processed.

OHA reported 10,400 new COVID-19 cases statewide for the week ending Oct. 3. Cases were down 8.9% compared to the previous week, marking the fifth consecutive week of declining cases.

There were 462 new hospitalizations, down 10% compared to the previous week. The drop represented the fourth consecutive week of declining hospitalizations.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths was 114 for the week just one fewer than the 115 deaths reported the previous week, OHA said.

Intensive care units remain under strain in many parts of the state.

On Wednesday, Jackson and Josephine County’s four hospitals had two open ICU beds, according to hospitalization data.

A four-county region along the Columbia Gorge was out of ICU beds, a six-county region in far Eastern Oregon had two ICU beds available, and a six-county highly populated region that includes Salem had six open ICU beds Wednesday.

The Portland area, Central Oregon and the Coos, Curry, Douglas and Lane counties region had the most open beds, but still had just 43 open ICU beds for 18 counties.