MEDFORD, Ore-- More and more people continue to be hospitalized across Jackson and Josephine Counties as the Delta Variant continues to surge across the state.
According to data collected by Jackson County Public Health, from Friday, total hospitalizations across Region 5, which includes both counties, were at 191. That's an almost 30 person increase since August 20.
And as more and more people fill into local hospitals, the strain on ICU beds continues to grow. Data from the Oregon Health Authority shows that as of Friday, there were only 3 ICU beds and only 36 non-ICU beds available for new patients in Region 5.
At Asante, the surge of patients suffering from COVID-19 has caused the medical organization to double the number of beds in some rooms in the CCU, according to Laura Magstadt, RN, vice-president of nursing at the facility.
“Right now we are doubling up on patients in ICU rooms. I've been here for a long time and never seen anything like it," said Sadie Emond, a nurse in the CCU.
This comes as both Jackson and Josephine Counties continue to report record-breaking cases throughout their county.
Last week, Jackson County set a new weekly coronavirus record with than 1,600 cases reported. In Josephine County, health officials also reported a new weekly record of cases, with 795 cases.
Data from OHA shows that this week Jackson County has reported more than a thousand new cases of the virus. This is only the second time in the history of the pandemic that Jackson County has experienced more than a thousand cases in a week. In Josephine County health officials have reported 563 cases since Tuesday.