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Jackson County logs 1,113 weekend COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 hospitalizations spiking in Rogue Valley

Jackson County recorded 1,113 COVID-19 cases from Friday through Sunday, plus one more COVID-19-related death.

The county has averaged 466 daily COVID-19 cases over the past week, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

The state as a whole recorded 19,400 new COVID-19 cases from Friday through Sunday, plus 17 new COVID-19-related deaths, OHA said.

Josephine County logged 343 new COVID-19 cases Friday through Sunday and no additional deaths. The county has averaged 149 daily cases over the last week, OHA said.

Data shows COVID-19 hospitalizations had been rising gradually since Thanksgiving in the Rogue Valley, but then started rising steeply Jan. 16 — going up from 76 patients that day to 121 on Monday.

The Portland region, which has seen skyrocketing COVID-19 hospitalizations since Christmas, saw its first significant drop this weekend. Saturday’s COVID-19 patient count of 571 on Saturday went down to 523 on Monday, state hospitalization data shows.

COVID-19 hospitalizations also dipped in Central Oregon over the weekend.

As in the Rogue Valley, hospitalization numbers are still climbing in the Salem region, the Eugene and Roseburg region, and far Eastern Oregon, state hospitalization data shows.

Across Oregon on Monday, there were 1,045 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, OHA said.

Oregon Health & Science University predicts statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations will peak Feb. 1 at 1,550 patients, then fall off as the omicron variant of the virus runs out of new people to infect.

Not all regions of the state have been rising at the same time, and they are unlikely to all drop off at the same time.

The state COVID-19 hospitalization count includes people being treated primarily for a COVID-19 infection, plus people who come to hospitals for other conditions and test positive for the virus. The virus often worsens other conditions, making them harder to treat, OHSU said.

On Monday, Asante reported 71% of its patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated, 80% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care were unvaccinated and five out of its six COVID-19 patients on ventilators were unvaccinated. Asante operates three of the Rogue Valley’s four hospitals.

Over the past 90 days, 89% of Asante patients who died of COVID-19-related causes were unvaccinated, the health network said.

Unvaccinated people make up the minority of adults in Jackson and Josephine counties despite making up the majority of people with COVID-19 in Rogue Valley hospitals.

Asante said vaccination helps prevent hospitalizations and deaths.

For information on where to get COVID-19 vaccinations in Jackson County, including booster shots, see jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments.

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