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Jackson County reports 90 new COVID-19 cases

County sees three new COVID-19-related deaths

Jackson County recorded 90 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and three more deaths.

Those who died were an 83-year-old man, a 63-year-old man and a 72-year-old man. All had underlying conditions and passed away at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Statewide, OHA reported 1,836 new COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths. Those who died ranged in age from 41 to 93.

The four hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties had six open intensive care unit beds among them, with 51 beds filled.

The vast area of Oregon east of the Cascade Mountains had only six open ICU beds for 18 counties, according to Thursday hospital data.

The state continues to track COVID-19 cases among babies, children and teens younger than 18. Pediatric cases started rising this summer.

For the week that started June 27, 197 pediatric cases were reported in Oregon.

For the week that started Sept. 12, the state logged 2,068 pediatric cases. However, that was a dip from the previous week’s tally of 2,536 cases.

Pediatric cases made up 22% of COVID-19 cases for all age groups during the week that started Sept. 12. Youth younger than 18 make up 20.3% of Oregon’s population, according to the pediatric case report.

OHA released updated information on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, in which people catch the virus despite being vaccinated.

The data show 76.8% of Oregon’s 11,994 reported COVID-19 cases between Sept. 12-18 occurred in people who were unvaccinated. There were 2,778 breakthrough cases, accounting for 23.2% of cases.

The data show unvaccinated people were four times as likely to get COVID-19 during the past week as vaccinated people, OHA said.

To date, 4.5% of people who experienced a breakthrough case have been hospitalized, and 0.9% have died. The average age of those who died was 81, the report said.

State public health officials said the number of breakthrough cases remains very small compared to the more than 2.7 million Oregonians who have finished a vaccine series. They said vaccination is the most effective tool to curb the spread of the virus.

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