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Jackson County reports 57 new COVID-19 cases

Three more COVID-19 deaths reported in county

Jackson County reported 57 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and three more COVID-19-related deaths.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 883 new cases and 49 deaths.

OHA released new data on vaccination rates among licensed health care workers and the general population Tuesday.

In Jackson County, 81% of licensed health care workers are vaccinated, while 74% are vaccinated in Josephine County.

Health care workers have higher vaccination rates than the general population. In Jackson County, 67% of people 18 and older have received at least one shot. In Josephine County, 60.6% of people 18 and older have received at least one shot.

Across the state, 79.8% of Oregonians have received at least one shot.

Demand remains strong for booster shots, with 22.7% of Oregonians over 18 now having received an extra shot, and numbers continue to rise.

Among health care workers, dentists have the highest vaccination rate, with 99% of dentists in the state having received at least one shot. Medical doctors and psychologists were tied for second with 95% vaccination rates.

Other health care professions with vaccination rates of at least 90% were nurse practitioners, physician assistants, osteopathic doctors, physical therapists and licensed social workers.

Registered nurses were at 86% and certified nursing assistants were at 76%.

Chiropractic assistants had the lowest vaccination rate at 61%, and chiropractors had the second-lowest vaccination rates at 62%.

Not all health care workers are subject to Gov. Kate Brown’s mandate that they get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get a religious or medical exception.

Statewide, vaccination rates vary by race and ethnicity, with 99.9% of native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders receiving at least one dose, 78.3% of Asian people, 76.6% of white people, 69.4% of Black people, 59.8% of Latino people and 58.5% of Native Americans.

Fewer than 1,000 people in Oregon identify as native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties remain under strain, with only one open intensive care unit bed Tuesday among the Rogue Valley’s four hospitals.

Local hospitals were caring for 58 COVID-19-positive patients Tuesday. ICU bed use among COVID-19 patients is rising, hitting 24 patients Tuesday, including seven people on ventilators.

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds is now higher than the peak of 22 patients during last winter’s surge, but lower than this summer and fall’s surge that saw a peak of 65 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds Sept. 3.

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