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Jackson County logs 815 weekend COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 hospitalizations dip across most of state

Jackson County reported 815 new COVID-19 cases Friday through Sunday and one additional COVID-19-related death.

A 52-year-old woman with underlying conditions died at Providence Medford Medical Center, the Oregon Health Authority said.

Josephine County reported 285 new cases and no additional deaths.

Statewide, OHA reported 13,443 new COVID-19 cases and 15 COVID-19-related deaths.

Among those who died, four were in their 50s, four were in their 60s, four were in their 70s and three were in their 80s, according to OHA.

On Monday, Oregon hospitals were caring for 1,099 patients with the virus, down slightly from 1,125 patients Friday, state hospitalization data shows.

Almost all regions of the state had fewer hospitalizations Monday than their peak counts during the current COVID-19 surge driven by the omicron variant.

Only the Eugene and Roseburg region was at its highest hospitalization count Monday for the omicron surge.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 135 patients with the virus Monday, down from an omicron peak of 145 patients Jan. 27.

Oregon Health & Science University issued a new omicron forecast Friday that predicted COVID-19 hospitalizations would peak statewide at 1,220 patients by Feb. 6.

Unvaccinated people are the minority in Jackson and Josephine counties, but they made up 74% of people with the virus in Asante hospitals Monday and 92% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. All four COVID-19 patients on ventilators were unvaccinated, Asante said.

In the past 90 days, unvaccinated people accounted for 84% of COVID-19-related deaths at Asante’s three hospitals, the hospital network reported.

On Monday, hospitals were 90.7% full in the Rogue Valley, 95.5% full in the Portland region, 98.9% full in the Salem region, 89.4% full in the Eugene and Roseburg region, and 85.5% full in the Central Oregon region, according to hospitalization data.

Hospitals generally run at 60%-70% capacity in normal times, health experts say.

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