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Jackson County reports 71 weekend COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise

Jackson County reported 71 new COVID-19 cases from Friday through Sunday and one additional COVID-19-related deatha 97-year-old woman who died at her residence, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Statewide, OHA reported 1,387 new COVID-19 cases and 39 more COVID-19 related deaths.

People who died included a 20-year-old man; a 34-year-old man; four people in their 40s; five people in their 50s; 10 people in their 60s; seven people in their 70s; seven people in their 80s and four people in their 90s, according to OHA data.

On Monday, the four hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties had only one open intensive care unit bed among them.

Hospitals are coping with COVID-19 patients, a backlog of surgeries from delays during a summer and fall COVID-19 surge and a shortage of open beds in local nursing homes where they can discharge patients who need follow-up care.

The summer and fall surge had been tapering off until Nov. 21, when the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients started to rise again.

On Monday, Rogue Valley hospitals were caring for 61 patients with COVID-19. Of those, 20 were in ICU beds and six were on ventilators, according to hospitalization data.

At Asante’s three hospitals in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass, the majority of people hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated even though a majority of Jackson County’s population is now vaccinated.

On Monday, 82% of hospital patients with COVID-19 were unvaccinated, 81% of hospital patients with COVID-19 in ICU beds were unvaccinated and 62% of hospital patients with COVID-19 on ventilators were unvaccinated, according to information Asante posted on its Facebook page.

In the last 90 days, 90% of people who died with COVID-19 at Asante hospitals were unvaccinated, Asante said.

Asante said vaccination helps prevent hospitalizations and deaths.

For information on where to get a free vaccine in Jackson County, visit jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments/where-to-get-vaccinated-in-jackson-county.

People 5 and older are eligible for vaccination.