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Jackson County logs 56 new COVID-19 cases

Jackson County reported 56 new COVID-19 cases Friday and no new deaths.
County reports no new deaths Friday

Jackson County reported 56 new COVID-19 cases Friday and no COVID-19-related deaths.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority logged 1,218 new COVID-19 cases and 20 additional deaths.

Among those who died, three were in their 40s, two were in their 50s, seven were in their 60s, five were in their 70s, two were in their 80s and one was in his 90s, OHA said.

In one forecast, OHA predicts Oregon COVID-19 daily cases will fall to 895 and daily COVID-19 hospitalizations will be at 54 between Oct. 2 and Nov. 2.

A more optimistic OHA forecast projects a steeper drop, with 740 new daily cases and 43 new daily hospitalizations during that window.

Following a summer and fall surge of cases, Oregon hospitals are continuing to see declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care admissions, OHA said.

Through the end of December, Oregon Health & Science University projects 177,000 new COVID-19 infections across the state — enough to fill Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon almost three times.

“A lot of people have gotten infected over the past three months, and it’s become harder for the virus to find susceptible people,” said Peter Graven, director of the OHSU Office of Advanced Analytics. “There’s still time for people to take action to prevent transmissions and to get vaccinated, but we’re projecting that a whole bunch more people are going to get infected in the next month.”

Patients with COVID-19 accounted for 24% of all people in intensive care units statewide as of Tuesday, down from more than half of total ICU capacity at the peak of the surge, OHSU said in its latest forecast report.

On Friday, 49 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties, with 14 in intensive care unit beds. There were seven COVID-19 patients on ventilators — a number not seen since Aug. 3 in the early days of the surge, hospitalization data show.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped off in most parts of the state, but hospitalizations and deaths remain stubbornly high in Central Oregon, OHSU said.

The strain on Jackson and Josephine county ICU units has eased, with 12 open ICU beds among the Rogue Valley’s four hospitals Friday. The ICU bed supply remains tight in Central Oregon, the Salem area and the Hood River area, hospitalization data show.

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