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Oregon COVID-19-related deaths top 4,000

Jackson County logs 126 weekend cases, 1 death

The Oregon Health Authority reported Monday that the number of COVID-19-related deaths for the entire pandemic topped 4,000 over the weekend.

OHA recorded another 20 COVID-19-related deaths from Friday through Sunday, bringing the total to 4,002 deaths.

In the early days of the pandemic, it took from March 2020 to November 2020 to reach the first 1,000 deaths, according to OHA data.

A winter surge pushed deaths past 2,000 in January of this year. Oregon then saw a months-long lull in deaths, not hitting 3,000 deaths until August, OHA said.

The recent COVID-19 surge fueled by the highly contagious delta variant pushed deaths past 4,000 this month, OHA said.

“Today, Oregon has now recorded more than 4,000 deaths,” Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said Monday. “That’s two short months since we last paused to mark the painful milestone of 3,000 COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon. Our condolences go out to everyone who has lost a loved one, a family member, a friend or a neighbor. These two milestones tell the story of how swiftly and severely the delta variant has moved through our communities.”

During the surge last winter, COVID-19 vaccinations weren’t yet widely available to the general population. This summer and fall’s surge claimed a similar number of lives despite widespread access to free vaccination.

“This is even more heartbreaking because many of these deaths are preventable,” Allen said. “COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout Oregon, and the vaccines are our best protection against serious illness and death from this virus. My message to Oregonians today is simple: The delta variant has changed everything. Please, get vaccinated as soon as you can.”

OHA reported 2,895 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the pandemic total in Oregon to 343,993.

Jackson County recorded 126 cases over the weekend.

A 62-year-old Jackson County man was among the 20 deaths recorded over the weekend. He had underlying conditions and died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, OHA said.

Across the state, the ages of the others who died were 38, 48, 53, 58, 58, 62, 62, 64, 64, 72, 76, 81, 83, 84, 86, 88, 90, 91 and 95, OHA reported.

OHA said 13 of the 20 people who died had underlying conditions. The agency was still checking whether the others had underlying conditions as of Monday evening.

For information on where to get vaccinated in Jackson County, see 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.