Jackson County reports 73 new COVID-19 cases
Jackson County reported 73 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and three more COVID-19-related deaths.
Those who died included a 72-year-old man who died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 68-year-old woman who died at Providence Medford Medical Center and a 60-year-old woman who died at Providence.
Across the state, OHA reported 1,054 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 19 more deaths, including those in Jackson County. The people who died ranged in age from a 41-year-old Douglas County resident to a 95-year-old Lane County resident.
On Tuesday, 43 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties. Of those, 11 were in intensive care and three were on ventilators, according to hospitalization data.
The number of Rogue Valley people hospitalized with COVID-19 has been trending up slightly since hitting a low for the autumn surge Nov. 21, when 32 people were hospitalized with the virus.
There were two open intensive care beds among Jackson and Josephine county’s four hospitals Tuesday.
An eight-county region in Central Oregon that includes Bend had only one open ICU bed Tuesday. A six-county region that includes Salem had only four open ICU beds.
Hospitals are continuing to care for COVID-19 patients while also working through a backlog of surgeries and other care that was delayed when COVID-19 patients overwhelmed hospitals in many parts of the state, including the Rogue Valley.