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Rogue Valley COVID-19 cases continue rising

Newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases continued rising in the Rogue Valley over the past week, continuing a monthlong trend of increasing cases, according to Oregon Health Authority data.

OHA reported 263 new COVID-19 cases in Jackson County during the past week, up from 244 cases the week before.

For Josephine County, OHA reported 158 new COVID-19 cases during the past week, an increase from 112 the week before.

One Jackson County resident and one Josephine County resident died of COVID-19-related causes during the past week compared with no deaths the prior week, according to preliminary data from OHA. Deaths can take time to categorize as OHA receives and analyzes information from health care facilities and death certificates.

Statewide, OHA reported 3,928 new cases for the past week, up from 3,572 the week before. Seven Oregonians died of COVID-19-related causes over the past week, equal to the seven who died the previous week, according to preliminary OHA data.

Oregon hospitals were caring for 363 patients with the virus as of Wednesday, an increase from 311 the week before. Hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties were caring for 50 patients with the virus Wednesday, down from 60 the week before, according to hospitalization data.

Intensive care units at the four hospitals in the Rogue Valley were 94% full on Wednesday, with three open beds among the hospitals. Non-ICU beds were 90% full, with 44 open beds, according to hospitalization data.

For information on where to get a COVID-19 vaccination in Jackson County, including a booster shot, see jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments/where-to-get-vaccinated-in-jackson-county.

For information on getting vaccinated in Josephine County, see josephinecounty.gov/departments/public_health/covid-19/vaccine_providers.php?NavID=2335.

For information on when to get shots and boosters to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, see cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html.

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