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Oregon reports 59 more COVID-19 deaths

Jackson County records 73 new cases Thursday, 1 death

The Oregon Health Authority reported 59 new COVID-19 deaths across the state Thursday, a sign the death rate is remaining high as the summer and fall surge of cases gradually subsides.

OHA recorded 1,453 new COVID-19 cases in Oregon, including 73 in Jackson County.

The report of 59 new deaths Thursday comes on the heels of OHA reporting eight deaths Monday, 44 deaths Tuesday and 33 deaths Wednesday.

The 59 deaths is a daily reporting record, but OHA said it was high in part because of a lag in reporting and OHA data reconciliation.

OHA said it expects to see the number of deaths to remain high even after case counts drop because of the time between when a person becomes infected with the virus and when they die with COVID-19.

OHA reported one death Thursday in Jackson County — a 73-year-old woman with underlying conditions who died at her residence.

In Jackson and Josephine county hospitals, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and COVID-19 patients in intensive care units continues to drift down.

All of Western Oregon continues to see dropping hospitalization and ICU bed use.

Central Oregon has yet to see a significant reduction in hospitalizations and ICU bed use, while Eastern Oregon hospitalizations and ICU bed use is rising, according to statewide hospitalization data.

OHA issued its latest report on breakthrough cases, in which people test positive for the COVID-19 virus despite being vaccinated.

Between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2, 75.6% of the reported 10,411 COVID-19 cases in the state were among unvaccinated people, while 24.4% of cases were among vaccinated people.

Update: The article was corrected to show the correct measuring window was Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 for the breakthrough cases report.

The average age of those who had breakthrough cases was 48.

Of those who had breakthrough cases, 4.5% had to be hospitalized and 0.8% died. The average age of vaccinated people who died was 81.

With 2,542 breakthrough cases between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2, the number was very small when compared to the more than 2.75 million Oregonians who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, OHA said.