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Oregon COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations falling

Jackson County reports 146 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,613 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday — the fewest for a weekday in at least six weeks.

COVID-19 daily case counts are generally lower Saturdays and Sundays, when fewer public health departments around the state report numbers.

On Tuesday, OHA reported 20 more COVID-19-related deaths. Many of the deaths date as far back as September 2021 but have only recently been added to the state’s reported death toll.

Jackson County reported 146 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and two more COVID-19-related deaths. A 78-year-old man died Feb. 13, and a 72-year-old man died Feb. 12, both at at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.

Josephine County reported 54 new cases and one death. An 82-year-old man with underlying conditions died Feb. 13 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, OHA said.

Statewide, the number of hospital patients with the virus fell from 865 Monday to 805 Tuesday as the omicron variant-fueled surge wanes, OHA reported.

Rogue Valley hospitals were caring for 95 COVID-19 patients Monday and 86 Tuesday, according to state hospitalization data.