Jackson County reports 282 new COVID-19 cases over weekend
Jackson County reported 282 COVID-19 cases Friday through Sunday, plus another COVID-19-related death, a 79-year-old man who died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
Josephine County logged 110 new cases and no new deaths.
Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 4,756 new cases and 18 more deaths Friday through Sunday.
As the omicron variant-fueled surge wanes, the number of people hospitalized with the virus in Oregon continues to decline, falling to 865 Monday, according to OHA data.
Jackson and Josephine county hospitals have been caring for more than 100 patients with the virus since Jan. 20. The number of patients fell below 100 for the first time in more than three weeks over the weekend.
On Monday, 95 people in Rogue Valley hospitals had the virus, according to state hospitalization data.
Asante reported Monday that 57% of its COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated, 73% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units were unvaccinated and three of five patients on ventilators were unvaccinated. In the last 90 days, 82% of COVID-19 patients who died at an Asante hospital were unvaccinated.
Asante operates three hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties. Unvaccinated people make up the minority in both counties.
On Monday, Rogue Valley hospitals were at 91.6% capacity with both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, Portland region hospitals were at 96.4% capacity, Salem region hospitals were at 97.9% capacity, Eugene and Roseburg region hospitals were at 86.5% capacity, Central Oregon hospitals were at 82.3% capacity, Hood River region hospitals were at 85% capacity and far Eastern Oregon hospitals were at 69.8% capacity, according to hospitalization data.
In normal times, hospitals typically run at 60%-70% capacity, health experts say.
Health officials expect hospitals to remain under strain as they care for patients and catch up on surgeries and procedures delayed during the surge.