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Jackson County sets record for daily COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record in Portland

Jackson County reported 1,835 new COVID-19 cases over the long Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend and logged a new one-day record of 754 cases.

The four-day reporting window ran from Friday through Monday. Friday saw the record-breaking 754 cases, and subsequent days tallied counts of 346, 309 and 426 cases.

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

From Friday through Monday, Oregon as a whole recorded 28,037 new COVID-19 cases, including 10,232 cases Friday — second only to the state record of 10,429 cases logged Jan. 6, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

Over the four days, Oregon recorded 10 more COVID-19-related deaths, with half of those occurring among Josephine County residents, data show.

The five Josephine County residents ranged in age from 60 to 74. They all had underlying conditions, OHA said.

None had been vaccinated against COVID-19, Josephine County Public Health said.

Josephine County recorded 453 new COVID-19 cases during the four-day reporting window.

On Tuesday, Oregon hospitals were caring for 911 people with COVID-19, up from 811 Friday, according to state hospitalization data.

Oregon Health & Science University forecasts COVID-19 hospitalizations will peak at 1,650 Jan. 26, then plummet below 100 by mid-March as the virus runs out of new people to infect.

Not everyone diagnosed with the virus is being hospitalized specifically for COVID-19, but the virus can worsen other health problems. A COVID-19 diagnosis also puts added strain on hospitals that have to isolate patients, OHSU said.

The Portland, Salem and Central Oregon regions have seen the steepest hospitalization spikes, with the Rogue Valley trending up at a more gradual pace, hospitalization data show.

The Portland region is at record COVID-19 hospitalization rates for that area, with 507 patients Tuesday. Hospitals there were 97% full.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 90 patients with COVID-19 Tuesday — more than during a surge last winter, but still well below the record of 223 people set Sept. 1, when local hospitals were overrun.

Rogue Valley hospitals were 93% full Tuesday, according to hospitalization data.

Unvaccinated people make up the minority in the Rogue Valley, but they made up 74% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients at Asante’s three hospitals Tuesday, 77% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds and two of the three COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

In the last 90 days, 89% of COVID-19-related deaths at Asante have been among unvaccinated people, Asante reported Tuesday.

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

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