Today, Josephine County reported the deaths of three people due to COVID-19, raising the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 190. Of those 190 deaths, 86% had not been vaccinated.
The following three people all had underlying conditions and had not been vaccinated.
On August 16, 2020, a 32-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19. She died on September 16 at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
On September 13, a 67-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19. She died on September 18 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Oregon.
On September 10, a 69-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19. She died on September 23 at her home.
When Newswatch 12 asked Deputy Health Officer for Josephine County Public Health, Dr. Leona O'Keefe if more young people in the county were dying due to COVID-19 she said, "Yes, without a doubt, we have seen more young people die than we did with previous variants in surges of COVID. This is why we've really been hoping that people will understand that just because you're young doesn't mean that you're invincible to this disease."
She says while the majority of young healthy people will not die of COVID-19, she says Josephine County is seeing a larger amount of young people on oxygen and in the hospital.
"The way to reduce that risk, when you don't know you have that risk, is by getting vaccinated."
Today, Asante’s hospital report for Southern Oregon lists 72 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 90% are unvaccinated. Of those 72 patients, 38 are in either the Intensive Care Unit or Intermediate Care Unit; 37 of them are unvaccinated. All of the 13 people on ventilators have not been vaccinated.