GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County Public Health reported three more deaths attributed to coronavirus on Monday, bringing the local death toll to 25 since the pandemic began. All three died on Saturday.
According to the agency, a 44-year-old man tested positive on December 22 and died at a long-term care facility. He had underlying conditions.
A 93-year-old man tested positive on December 15 and died at a long-term care facility. He also had underlying conditions.
The last person, a 76-year-old man, tested positive on December 19 and died at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Josephine County Public Health has ceased daily updates on new coronavirus cases over the past several weeks, due in large part the increase in cases early this month which put increasing pressure on contact tracing efforts for public health staff. Instead, the agency has taken to publishing weekly reports.
Between December 20 and 26, officials counted 148 new cases of the virus — marking a case rate of 347 cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 7.92 percent.
The agency reported 28 active outbreaks — defined by OHA as two or more cases in 14 days that share an "epilink," a place or person that cases have in common.