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Oregon logs record 7,615 COVID-19 cases

Jackson County daily count soars to 441 on Thursday

Oregon logged another record count of daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday with 7,615 cases, while Jackson County’s numbers spiked to 441 cases, up from 264 on Wednesday.

Oregon has reported new daily records three days in a row as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads across the state.

The state reported nine additional COVID-19-related deaths Thursday, while Jackson County reported none.

Josephine County reported 105 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and another death, according to OHA data.

The test positivity rate for COVID-19 cases in Oregon rose to 23.3% as more people who get tested find out they do have the virus.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were 92% full Thursday. At 98% full, hospitals in the Portland and Salem regions continue to have virtually no open hospital beds, according to state hospitalization data.

The Rogue Valley’s four hospitals were caring for 70 patients with COVID-19 on Thursday, data shows.

Although unvaccinated people make up a minority of adults in Jackson and Josephine counties, they make up 84% of COVID-19 patients in Asante’s three hospitals, 89% of COVID-19 patients in its ICU beds and 100% of those on ventilators, Asante reported Thursday.

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

COVID-19 testing that has been offered by the company Curative at the Jackson County Expo is reopening on Thursday at The Merrick, formerly known as Inn at the Commons, at 200 N. Riverside Ave. in downtown Medford. Testing requires no out-of-pocket fees and results are available in 24-48 hours, the company said.

Curative is offering shallow nasal testing. Walk-in testing is available, or appointments can be made ahead of time by visiting curative.com.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A mass vaccination site is operating at The Merrick every day of the week. Appointments are not needed. Hours of operation are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

The site offers shots for everyone age 5 and older, including booster shots.

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