GRANTS PASS, Ore. Josephine County Public Health reported a new coronavirus death on Tuesday, while Jackson County officials marked new one-day highs for cases.
According to Josephine County, a 75-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 on September 28 at the Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. He died about a month later, on October 29. Officials said he had underlying medical problems.
This is the fourth death from coronavirus in Josephine County. The last one, an 84 year old man, passed away on October 12.
Despite death, the Josephine County case rate remains low. Officials reported only two new cases on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 278 people since the start of the pandemic.
It’s another story in Jackson County, where public health officials mark new one-day highs for cases on Tuesday, with 70 confirmed or hypothetical cases – bringing the county’s totals. to 1,998 since the beginning of the pandemic.
“The increase in COVID cases that Jackson County has seen over the past three weeks is not good news,” said Jackson County Health Officer Dr. Jim Shames. “People started to gather indoors because the weather was colder. Concentration indoors, with those outside the home, without a mask, not practicing far away and without good indoor ventilation increases the spread of COVID ”.
Over the past three weeks, Jackson County has seen numerous daily and weekly case records, without any significant increase in the number of tests performed.
This is a growing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.