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Oregon surpasses 300,000 COVID-19 cases

Over the weekend, Oregon surpassed 300,000 known COVID-19 cases for the pandemic, the Oregon Health Authority reported.
Jackson County logs 305 new cases, 5 deaths over weekend

The Oregon Health Authority reported 4,700 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the state’s total cases during the pandemic to 301,504.

From Friday through Sunday, Jackson County logged 305 new cases, bringing the total number of cases during the pandemic to 20,235 in the county, Jackson County Public Health reported Monday.

Jackson County reported its first COVID-19 case the week of March 8, 2020. From there, it took 59 weeks to reach 10,000 COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, and only 21 weeks to reach 20,000 COVID-19 cases, public health officials said.

OHA reported 32 new COVID-19-related deaths across the state.

Jackson County reported five new deaths over the weekend ― an 85-year-old woman, a 67-year-old woman, a 74-year-old man, a 60-year-old man and a 77-year-old man.

The state’s toll of COVID-19-related deaths has reached 3,446 for the pandemic.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon was 1,075 on Monday, which is 11 fewer than Sunday. There were 274 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds on Monday, which is nine fewer than Sunday, OHA said.

There were 62 available adult ICU beds out of 652 total (10% availability) and 316 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,264 (7% availability), OHA said Monday.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has dipped in Jackson and Josephine County from a high of 223 on Sept. 1 to 182 as of Monday, hospitalization data shows.

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds in the two counties hit a peak of 65 on Sept. 3. The number had declined to 54 Monday, data shows.

For the two counties, the number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators hit 35 on Sept. 8 and stood at 31 on Monday, according to hospitalization data.

“COVID-19 hospitalizations at Asante have been declining. Please continue to take precautions to slow the spread. Vaccines help prevent hospitalizations and deaths,” Asante said in a post Monday on its Facebook page.

On Monday, Asante reported 94% of its hospitalized COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated, 97% of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds were unvaccinated and 100% of COVID-19 patients on ventilators were unvaccinated.

The Asante system includes Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Medford, Asante Ashland Community Hospital and Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

Over the past 90 days, 84% of COVID-19-related deaths were among unvaccinated patients, Asante reported Monday.

As of late last week, Jackson County’s vaccination rate among people age 18 and older was 61.7%, according to OHA data.

Across Oregon, 31 of the state’s 36 counties have reached vaccination rates of 50% or higher for people age 18 and up. Harney, Gilliam, Grant, Malheur and Lake counties have rates below 50%. Washington County has the highest vaccination rate at 79.3% in that age range, according to OHA data that was updated late last week.

People ages 12 and older are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19.

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

For information on where to get tested for COVID-19 in Jackson County, see jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/General/News-Information/covid-19-testing-information.

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