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Jackson County reports 19 new COVID-19 cases

The Oregon Health Authority reported 19 new COVID-19 cases for Jackson County Wednesday and no COVID-19-related deaths.

OHA reported 11 new COVID-19 cases in Josephine County and no deaths.

Statewide, OHA reported 355 new COVID-19 cases and 35 more deaths, raising the state’s death toll to 6,933 since the pandemic began. The 35 deaths occurred in January, February and March.

This week, Oregon crossed the threshold of 700,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Oregon now ranks second-lowest among states in the number of cases per capita, with a rate of 16,596 diagnosed cases per 100,000 people, OHA said.

The number of Oregon hospital patients with the virus stood at 242 Wednesday, according to hospitalization data.

Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 27 COVID-19 patients Wednesday.

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Data Report, released Wednesday, showed declines in weekly cases and COVID-19-related hospitalizations, but more deaths.

OHA reported 2,185 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, March 7, through Sunday, March 13 — a 43% decline from the previous week, and a 96% drop from the COVID-19 peak case level recorded during the week of Jan. 17-23.

There were 225 COVID-19-related hospitalizations, a 21% decrease over the previous week. There were 142 COVID-19-related deaths, a 16% increase over the previous week, OHA reported.