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Jackson County reports 389 new COVID-19 cases

Oregon weekly cases drop; hospitalizations, deaths higher

Jackson County reported 389 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and two additional COVID-19-related deaths.

Josephine County reported 125 new cases and one COVID-19-related death Wednesday.

Statewide, Oregon logged 5,143 new cases Wednesday and 39 more COVID-19-related deaths, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The daily average of new cases fell to 5,522 in Oregon over the past seven days, an improvement from January when daily cases often spiked over 10,000, according to OHA data.

The steady drop-off in new cases shows the state may be past the peak of this winter's omicron-fueled surge — at least in terms of new cases.

OHA reported 43,606 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 30 — a 22% decline from last week, and the lowest weekly total in four weeks.

However, there were 739 new COVID-19-related hospitalizations, a 13.9% increase over the previous week. COVID-19-related deaths more than doubled to 147 for the week, OHA said in its weekly data report.

COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high, but were down slightly to 1,104 patients with the virus in Oregon hospitals Wednesday, according to OHA data.

Hospitalizations and deaths generally lag behind newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases and will take longer to show improvements.

Compared to their omicron peaks, COVID-19 hospitalizations were down slightly Wednesday in the Rogue Valley, the Portland region, the Salem region and the Hood River region, according to state hospitalization data.

Hospitalizations Wednesday were still at their highest levels of the omicron surge in the Eugene and Roseburg region, Central Oregon and far Eastern Oregon.