Feb. 15: Umatilla County Health Reports 199th COVID-19 Death


Umatilla County Health today reported the 199th county resident has died from COVID-19.

Umatilla County’s 199th death with COVID-19 is a 65-year-old male who tested positive on Feb.6 and died Feb. 11 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. This individual had underlying conditions.

The health department today also reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 – down nine from Monday’s total.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 21,995. There are currently 1,063 presumptive cases of COVID-19 – an increase of 25 over Monday’s total.

More details are available on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Umatilla County officials reiterated their advice to residents to take precautions against the spread of coronavirus:

To protect your health and the health of others, be sure to wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing. It is imperative that any person who is exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness stay home. UCo Health continues to discover instances where individuals are continuing to work while sick. Now, more than ever, it is important for businesses to ensure that employees are not coming to work sick. Employees may feel internal and external pressure to work through mild illness. Businesses are encouraged to develop flexible leave policies to support employees who become ill and establish procedures for sending employees who are not feeling well home. Anyone who is exhibiting any symptoms of respiratory illness must stay home from work for 72-hours after all symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, etc.) have resolved.