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Coronavirus Watch: Jackson County surpasses 300 deaths attributed to COVID-19

Jackson County Public Health reported four more deaths on Monday, crossing over the 300-mark for COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

Posted: Oct 18, 2021 3:49 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2021 4:31 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Public Health reported four more deaths on Monday, crossing over the 300-mark for COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began and closely following the "three deadliest months" for coronavirus in Jackson County.

“Today, Jackson County has now recorded more than 300 deaths related to COVID-19,” said Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Public Health. “We send our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one, a family member, a friend, or neighbor.”

The latest four deaths, which brought the county death toll to 303, were all among men between the ages of 57 and 68. Two died at Asante Rogue Regional and two at Providence Medford Medical Center, all either on Wednesday or Thursday of last week. All had underlying conditions.

The grim milestone comes as Oregon's coronavirus vaccine mandate for K-12 staff and healthcare workers reached its deadline.

“We are in the midst of a serious worldwide pandemic that has its most serious effects on the elderly and on all ages of people that have underlying medical conditions. Requiring vaccination to provide care for those individuals in alignment with public health science to keep the public as a whole safe,” states Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health Officer.

JCPH said in a statement that vaccines have been among the greatest success stories in public health history, eradicating smallpox and greatly shrinking the impact of the polio virus. Preventable infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and whooping cough have hit an all-time low, thanks in large part to vaccines.

Vaccinations for many of those diseases are required for students to attend school, and are often required for healthcare providers.

“We are in the midst of a serious worldwide pandemic that has its most serious effects on the elderly and on all ages of people that have underlying medical conditions. Requiring vaccination to provide care for those individuals in alignment with public health science to keep the public as a whole safe,” states Dr. Jim Shames.

Thankfully, the COVID-19 Delta variant surge in southern Oregon continues to abate. JCPH said that throughout last week the agency reported 395 new cases of the virus — a 16% decrease from the week prior. As of Monday morning there were 53 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties, 13 of those patients in intensive care.

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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 392197

Reported Deaths: 5186
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60432839
Washington42082398
Marion39986507
Clackamas32861382
Lane30179358
Jackson24956361
Deschutes23639185
Umatilla15135182
Linn14704179
Douglas13438292
Josephine10201246
Yamhill9787143
Klamath9072147
Polk8248102
Benton611138
Malheur592790
Coos5693107
Columbia433356
Jefferson420866
Lincoln363852
Union339255
Crook336356
Wasco317046
Clatsop262735
Baker220833
Tillamook217045
Hood River214537
Morrow197825
Curry192439
Harney119933
Grant108515
Lake105616
Wallowa76013
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5087907

Reported Deaths: 74561
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152858627184
San Diego4074794340
Riverside3880835358
San Bernardino3748555967
Orange3346265736
Sacramento1684922447
Kern1578751804
Fresno1568972259
Santa Clara1522681929
Alameda1252361507
San Joaquin1076041834
Ventura1040841191
Contra Costa1038691046
Stanislaus915481417
Tulare861371099
San Francisco56931672
San Mateo56354629
Monterey52521626
Solano47693358
Santa Barbara47345553
Merced45086668
Sonoma43207412
Placer42204470
Imperial38516773
Kings35221362
San Luis Obispo31511360
Madera26233311
Shasta26113458
Butte25476318
Santa Cruz22268224
Yolo21590260
Marin18495249
El Dorado18325166
Sutter14577186
Napa13424105
Yuba1076389
Tehama10282130
Humboldt10183119
Nevada10029105
Mendocino857799
Lassen797656
San Benito782979
Tuolumne774691
Lake7046110
Amador578366
Siskiyou475855
Glenn457436
Calaveras442288
Del Norte376942
Colusa325921
Inyo256746
Plumas19397
Mono18924
Mariposa160718
Trinity99817
Modoc7725
Sierra2180
Alpine1080
Unassigned810
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