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Coronavirus Watch: Jackson and Josephine counties report 8 and 7 new COVID-19 deaths, respectively

Hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases in southwest Oregon may finally have passed their peak, but deaths continue to stack up.

Posted: Sep 8, 2021 11:49 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — As prefaced by state officials on Tuesday, coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Oregon may have finally reached their peak, with numbers showing the initial signs of decline. However, the latest reports from Jackson and Josephine counties indicate that the peak for COVID-19 deaths may take somewhat longer to overtake.

Jackson County Public Health reported 201 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Hospitalizations in Oregon's Region 5, which includes both Jackson and Josephine counties, slumped somewhat. Public health officials reported 186 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 59 patients in an intensive care unit.


Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

In Jackson County there were eight newly-reported deaths attributed to COVID-19. The youngest was a 66-year-old woman who died at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where the majority of the deaths occurred. All but one of the fatalities had verified underlying health conditions.

The latest deaths bring Jackson County's total since the beginning of the pandemic to 228.

Josephine County Public Health reported seven new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday. The youngest was a 42-year-old unvaccinated man who died at his home and posthumously tested positive for COVID-19. All of the deaths had underlying health conditions.

Unlike Jackson County, Josephine County has also been reporting the vaccination status of recent deaths. Of the latest seven deaths, public health officials said that three were vaccinated against the virus, all of them between the ages of 70 and 90.

Josephine County's latest deaths bring their total since the beginning of the pandemic to 161. Of the 161 deaths, 141 were unvaccinated.

Between August 31 and September 6, Josephine County saw just over 30 deaths from COVID-19 — the highest that Josephine County Public Health has seen in a 7-day period since the pandemic began.

With hospitals still well over capacity, public health officials continue to urge the public to take precautions by getting vaccinated against COVID-19, masking up, and avoiding crowded gatherings. Jackson County Public Health recommended this week that people take a "layered" approach, wearing masks that are multi-layered in addition to the aforementioned countermeasures.

"Studies have continued to show that wearing a multi-layered mask block exhalation of respiratory droplets and particles. According to the CDC, multi-layer cloth masks can block up to 50-70% of respiratory droplets and particles and limit the forward spread of those that are not captured by the masks," JCPH said. "Studies also demonstrate that cloth mask materials can reduce wearers’ exposure to infectious droplets by filtering out droplets and particles. In addition to the number of layers and choice of materials, other techniques can improve wearer protection by improving fit and thereby filtration capacity.

"Studies continue to show that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing hospitalization, severe illness, and death. A recent study by the New York State Department of Health looking at vaccination status among new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations found that during May 3– July 25, 2021, vaccine effectiveness for preventing hospitalization ranged from 91.9% to 95.3%, remaining relatively stable."

Officials at Asante have noted that 90 percent or more of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 have been unvaccinated.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 352026

Reported Deaths: 4185
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55306692
Washington38321316
Marion36352445
Clackamas29350304
Lane27309299
Jackson22783304
Deschutes19886124
Umatilla14286144
Linn12617120
Douglas11918241
Josephine9292195
Yamhill8584111
Klamath7765111
Polk719680
Malheur552774
Benton537630
Coos492593
Columbia375743
Jefferson366351
Union316247
Lincoln313338
Wasco282640
Crook277646
Clatsop240729
Baker199228
Tillamook194929
Hood River190137
Morrow183023
Curry178723
Harney110225
Grant98012
Lake89711
Wallowa67312
Gilliam1494
Sherman1463
Wheeler1031
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4825708

Reported Deaths: 70829
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147768626443
Riverside3704095008
San Diego3649124169
San Bernardino3574215597
Orange3234075528
Sacramento1584372283
Fresno1451192063
Santa Clara1450041895
Kern1449141615
Alameda1202831381
San Joaquin1022501721
Ventura1008011165
Contra Costa99612995
Stanislaus856421319
Tulare79513958
San Francisco54220644
San Mateo53970622
Monterey50772583
Solano45898340
Santa Barbara45005522
Merced42047579
Sonoma40822402
Placer39118420
Imperial35794764
Kings32587315
San Luis Obispo29797331
Madera23680281
Butte23649265
Shasta23544341
Santa Cruz20928218
Yolo20240248
Marin17644243
El Dorado17083149
Sutter13847172
Napa12855100
Yuba1000882
Tehama9406107
Humboldt9171108
Nevada909490
Mendocino757686
Lassen749946
San Benito741372
Tuolumne680893
Lake6565104
Amador540364
Siskiyou445842
Glenn433632
Calaveras385180
Del Norte357141
Colusa302818
Inyo203540
Mono16565
Plumas16046
Mariposa130815
Trinity86711
Modoc6758
Unassigned1820
Sierra1810
Alpine1030
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