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Jackson County reports 219 new COVID-19 cases

County sees two more COVID-19-related deaths

Jackson County reported 219 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and two more COVID-19-related deaths.

Josephine County reported 98 new cases and three deaths.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported, 3,309 new COVID-19 cases and 57 COVID-19-related deaths, including those in the Rogue Valley.

Oregon hospitals were caring for 1,042 people with the virus Wednesday, according to OHA data.

Almost all regions of the state have fewer COVID-19 patients in hospitals than during the worst of the omicron variant-fueled surge, although numbers remain high.

After showing improvement over the past week, the Hood River region was back to treating the same number of COVID-19 patients Wednesday as during its peak. However, the region is lightly populated and small shifts in patient numbers can change the area’s trajectory.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 114 patients with the virus Wednesday, down from the omicron peak of 145 patients Jan. 27.

On Wednesday, hospital capacity was at 92.7% in the Rogue Valley, 94.2% in the Roseburg and Eugene region, 95.9% in the Salem region, 97.6% in the Portland region, 87.4% in Central Oregon, 85% in the Hood River region and 66% in far Eastern Oregon, according to state hospitalization data.

In normal times, hospitals typically run at about 60%-70% capacity, according to health experts.

The percentage of unvaccinated people with COVID-19 in Rogue Valley hospitals has dropped recently.

On Wednesday at Asante’s three local hospitals, 51% of COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated, 53% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care were unvaccinated and one of the four COVID-19 patients on ventilators was unvaccinated, according to Asante’s daily report.

In the past 90 days, 84% of COVID-19 patients who died at an Asante hospital were unvaccinated, the health network reported.