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Local COVID-19 cases trending down

New COVID-19 cases in Jackson and Josephine counties trended down over the past week, mirroring a general trend for the state.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 310 new cases in Jackson County for the past week, for a daily average of 44.3 cases. The week before, the daily average was 57.3 cases.

OHA reported 137 new COVID-19 cases for Josephine County for the past week, for a daily average of 19.6 cases. The daily average for the week before was 27.6 cases.

Statewide, OHA reported 6,164 new cases during the past week, for a daily average of 880.6 cases. That’s down from the previous week’s daily average of 1,198.7 cases.

OHA said 16 Oregonians died of COVID-19-related causes over the past week, including one Jackson County resident and one Josephine County resident.

The community risk level for both counties was in the medium category, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under medium risk conditions, people with high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should talk to their health care providers about whether they should wear a mask and take other precautions, the CDC advises.

Everyone should stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations and get tested if they develop symptoms, the CDC recommends.