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Jackson County logs 106 weekend COVID-19 cases

Jackson County reported 106 new COVID-19 cases Friday through Sunday, as well as the COVID-19-related death of a 47-year-old woman.

The woman tested positive Dec. 4 and died Dec. 9 at her residence, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Statewide, OHA reported 1,941 new COVID-19 cases for the three-day period and three COVID-19 deaths, including the Jackson County woman.

Josephine County logged 60 new COVID-19 cases Friday through Sunday.

On Monday, Jackson and Josephine county’s four hospitals had some breathing room in their intensive care units, with 11 open beds and 48 occupied. The number of open ICU beds has dipped to as low as one in recent weeks, according to hospitalization data.

Rogue Valley hospitals were caring for 53 patients with COVID-19 Monday. Of those, 19 were in ICU beds, with eight on ventilators.

Public health experts are urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get a booster shot as the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus spreads across Oregon.

Oregon Health & Science University is predicting COVID-19 hospitalizations could surge two to three times as high as the hospitalization wave that overwhelmed hospitals in the summer and fall.