Jackson County crosses 40% vaccination mark

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May 22—Nearly 41 percent of the population has received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Oregon Health Authority.

As of Saturday, state data show that 40.95% of Jackson County's population of 223,240 has had at least the first dose of the vaccine, with the majority of them having completed their vaccination schedules.

According to state data, 17,020 locals had received their first of two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and another 74,395 had either received both doses of the two-dose vaccine or one dose of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccinated individuals are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Of the 161,352 doses administered in Jackson County, 84,903 were doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 71,409 were doses of the Moderna vaccine and 4,926 were doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Statewide, more than 2.15 million Oregonians have been vaccinated, with 441,652 vaccination schedules in progress and 1,709,312 residents having completed their COVID-19 vaccination schedules.

The Oregon Health Authority recorded 509 new cases Saturday, and five new deaths, bringing the state's case log to 198,356 and the state's death toll to 2,618.

Three of the state's five new deaths were Klamath County residents. A 53-year-old Klamath County woman tested positive Monday and died Wednesday at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, a 66-year-old Klamath County man tested positive May 6 and died Thursday at Sky Lakes Medical Center and a 91-year-old Klamath County man tested positive May 4 and died Wednesday at the hospital in Klamath Falls. Health officials say that the two men had underlying health conditions that contributed to their deaths, and the presence of underlying conditions is still being confirmed in the 53-year-old woman's fatality.

Other Oregon deaths involved Marion County residents in their 60s and 80s who each had underlying conditions.

Among the 509 new cases were 29 in Jackson County, 12 in Josephine County and 28 in Klamath County.

Since the start of the pandemic, Jackson County has recorded 11,096 COVID-19 cases and 141 residents have died. Saturday Jackson County Public Health hospitalization numbers were not available Saturday, but as of Friday 752 local residents had been hospitalized.

There were 22 COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Oregon's hospital region 5 — comprised of hospitals in Jackson and Josephine counties — according to state health officials. The number of patients has fluctuated over the past week between 21 and 28 patients.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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