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Jackson County reports 84 weekend COVID-19 cases

Jackson County reported 84 new COVID-19 cases Friday through Sunday, while Josephine County logged 58 new cases.

Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 1,694 new cases during the three-day period, plus 40 additional deaths. Information about those who died, including their county of residence, wasn’t immediately available Monday.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Oregon hospitals dropped below 500 on Monday to 479 people.

That’s down from Friday, when 527 patients in Oregon hospitals had the virus, according to hospitalization data.

Jackson and Josephine County hospitals were caring for 54 patients with the virus Monday, down from 60 on Friday, hospitalization data shows.

Unvaccinated people make up the minority in the two counties, but they made up 60% of COVID-19 patients in Asante’s three Rogue Valley hospitals Monday and 60% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care. One COVID-19 patient was on a ventilator Monday and that person was vaccinated, Asante reported.

Over the past 90 days, 79% of COVID-19 patients who died at Asante hospitals were unvaccinated, the health network said.

As Oregon hospitals cared for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients Monday, they were at 87.5% capacity in the Rogue Valley, 92.2% capacity in the Portland region, 96.4% capacity in the Salem region, 90.7% capacity in the Roseburg and Eugene region, 75% capacity in the Hood River region, 76.2% capacity in Central Oregon and 64.7% capacity in far Eastern Oregon, according to hospitalization data.

Hospitals generally operate at 60-70% capacity in normal times, health experts say.