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COVID-19 ‘widespread’ throughout state this holiday

Coronavirus cases persist in the Rogue Valley as state health officials urge people to take precautions to protect themselves during the holiday weekend, when large public gatherings are planned around the state.

The Oregon Health Authority’s data dashboard shows COVID-19 cases in Jackson and Josephine counties were consistently above the seven-day moving average this past week.

Meanwhile, the agency’s report released June 30 showed a decrease in COVID-19-related cases, hospitalizations and deaths since the previous biweekly period.

But that did not stop OHA from warning in a tweet that COVID-19 “remains widespread across Oregon.”

“Consider spending more time outside with friends and family over indoor activities,” the tweet said. “If you’re indoors, wearing the highest quality mask you can find offers extra protection.”

According to the latest OHA biweekly coronavirus report, the state reported 20,451 new cases of COVID-19 from June 12 to June 25, a 2.8% decrease over the previous biweekly total of 21,038. Over the past six weeks, however, reported hospitalizations and deaths have increased slightly.

Zeroing in on the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations throughout the state and in Jackson and Josephine counties, the OHA data dashboards show several upward trends over the past week.

The state reported 8,779 coronavirus cases June 25-30. The week peaked at 1,939 cases June 28 and came down to 1,375 June 30.

Jackson County reported 451 new cases June 25-30. That period saw three days of cases above the seven-day moving average and three days below it. The county’s infection rate trended upward to 99 cases Monday and back down to 71 cases Thursday. Jackson County has not reported a COVID-19 death since June 20. There have been 555 deaths in the county since the pandemic began.

Josephine County saw 155 cases June 25-30. The start of this period saw just 10 reported cases, and they climbed to 38 Tuesday and dropped Thursday to 24. There has not been a COVID-19-related death in the county since June 18. Josephine County has reported 347 deaths since the pandemic began.

OHA’s Oregon hospital bed capacity dashboard showed of the 58 adult ICU beds in Jackson and Josephine counties, 52 beds were occupied, and six were available.

The number of hospitalizations in Jackson and Josephine counties for COVID-19-positive patients were in the mid-40s last weekend and increased to 55 Thursday.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.