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Jackson County reports 505 new COVID-19 cases

State logs 9,796 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Jackson County reported 505 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, while Oregon logged its second-highest daily count of the pandemic with 9,796 cases.

Oregon’s record is 10,429 daily cases set Jan. 6.

Jackson County’s record was set during the summer and fall surge of 2021 with a one-day count of 614 cases in August, according to news archives.

Oregon reported 25 more COVID-19 deaths Thursday, including one in Jackson County.

Statewide, 825 people with COVID-19 are in Oregon hospitals, with 149 of those in intensive care unit beds and 62 on ventilators.

Hospitals in the Portland and Salem areas remained the most crowded Thursday, at 98% full and 97% full, respectively. Those two regions had 551 patients with COVID-19, according to state data.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were 93% full Thursday, with 86 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 23 were in ICU, with five on ventilators.

Asante, which runs three of the four hospitals in the Rogue Valley, said Thursday that 78% of its hospitalized COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated, 93% of its COVID-19 patients in ICU beds were unvaccinated, and 75% of its four COVID-19 patients on ventilators were unvaccinated.

For the past 90 days, 86% of Asante’s COVID-19 patients who died were unvaccinated, even though unvaccinated people make up a minority of adults in Jackson and Josephine counties.