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Jackson County reports 205 new COVID-19 cases

Jackson County reported 205 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and one COVID-19-related death.

Josephine County logged 97 new cases and no additional deaths.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 3,176 new cases Thursday and 22 deaths.

The number of people hospitalized in Oregon with the virus had drifted down to 1,007 Thursday, but numbers remain high.

Fewer people who take a COVID-19 test actually have the virus compared to the peak of the omicron variant-fueled surge, when test positivity rates hovered around 25%. The statewide test positivity rate was at 12.9% Thursday, according to OHA data.

Jackson and Josephine county hospitals were caring for 122 patients with the virus Thursday, according to hospitalization data.

All regions of the state except the Hood River area were down Thursday from their omicron hospitalization peaks, according to state data.

Intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients alike were in extremely short supply Thursday in the Rogue Valley (two open beds), the six-county Salem region (three open beds) and the four-county Hood River region (no available beds.)

In Asante’s three Rogue Valley hospitals Thursday, 52% of COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated, 59% of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds were unvaccinated and one of the four people on ventilators was unvaccinated, Asante reported.

In the past 90 days, 84% of people who died with the virus at Asante hospitals were unvaccinated.