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COVID-19 cases trending up in Jackson County

COVID-19 cases in Jackson County and the state are trending up after bottoming out in March following a winter surge.

Case counts are still far below pandemic highs seen during the omicron variant-fueled surge this winter, or the delta variant-fueled surge in the summer and fall of 2021.

The rise in cases was enough for Jackson County Public Health to issue a warning earlier this week, especially as flu cases are rising locally as well. Although COVID-19 and the flu have many overlapping symptoms, public health officials urged people to get tested because treatment is different for the two viral illnesses.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 191 COVID-19 cases in Jackson County during the past week, for a daily average of 27 cases. Numbers were up from 126 cases the previous week, which equaled a daily average of 18 cases.

OHA reported the COVID-19-related deaths of two Jackson County residents in the past week, a number unchanged from the previous week.

For Josephine County, OHA reported 70 COVID-19 cases for the past week, for a daily average of 10 cases. The previous week’s count was 35 cases, or an average of five daily.

OHA reported no COVID-19-related deaths of Josephine County residents during the past week, compared to one death the previous week.

Statewide, OHA reported 7,012 cases for the past week, for a daily average of 1,002 cases. The previous week, Oregon logged 4,818 cases, averaging 688 daily.

The state’s COVID-19-related death toll was 25 during the past week, down from 35 the previous week, according to OHA data.

On Monday, 13 patients in Jackson and Josephine county hospitals had the virus. That number inched up to 14 COVID-19-positive patients Friday, according to state hospitalization data.

Across Oregon, 144 hospital patients had the virus Monday, with the count rising to 153 Friday.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.