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Jackson County reports 31 new COVID-19 cases

The Oregon Health Authority reported 31 new COVID-19 cases in Jackson County Tuesday and two more COVID-19-related deaths.

A 52-year-old man died March 3 and a 66-year-old man died March 6. Both passed away at Providence Medford Medical Center and had underlying health conditions, OHA said.

OHA reported 20 new COVID-19 cases in Josephine County and no deaths.

Statewide, OHA reported 397 new COVID-19 cases and 29 additional deaths. The deaths occurred in January, February and March.

The number of Oregon hospital patients with the virus fell below 300 Tuesday, sinking to 291, OHA reported.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 45 COVID-19 patients Tuesday, according to statewide hospitalization data.

On Tuesday, Rogue Valley hospitals were at 87.6% capacity, hospitalization data shows.

Around the state, hospital capacity was at 92.2% in the Portland region, 95.2% in the Salem region, 88.1% in the Eugene and Roseburg region, 73.3% in the Hood River region, 82.5% in Central Oregon and 68.1% in far Eastern Oregon.

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