MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Public Health reported a second death attributed to coronavirus in the county on Friday.
The patient was an 80-year-old man with underlying health conditions. He tested positive on July 15 and died August 6 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.
The last fatality of a Jackson County resident occurred on July 25 after a 65-year-old man was taken to Providence Portland Medical Center for treatment.
Klamath County reported its second COVID-19 death on Thursday, and Josephine County marked what was technically its second fatality just two days before that.
Jackson County also reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the countywide total to 448 since the pandemic began. Of those cases, at least 141 are still considered actively infectious.
Hospitalizations in Jackson County have also been steadily rising. As of July 29, there were 28 people who had been hospitalized since the pandemic began — nearly two-thirds of them added over the month of July alone. By Friday, there were 37 hospitalizations.
Public health officials continue to stress the importance of taking preventative action — wearing a facial covering, practicing physical distancing, washing hands regularly, and frequently disinfecting surfaces that are touched often — to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
“For our children to return back to the classroom this school year, and for our county to avoid being added to the Governor’s watch list, is all dependent on how well our community does at wearing facial coverings and following other preventative guidelines,” said Dr. Shames, Jackson County Health Officer.
For the week of July 29 through August 1, Jackson County had a case rate of 42.5 per 100,000 population, which has effectively prohibited local schools from starting the year with any in-person classes.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.