Feb. 22: Umatilla County Health Reports 200th COVID-19 Death

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Umatilla County Health today the 200th county resident has died from COVID-19.

Umatilla County’s 200th death with COVID-19 is a 71-year-old male who tested died Jan. 30 at Horizon Project Group Home in Pendleton.

The health department today also reported 54 new cases – up 23 from Friday’s total.

Today’s new cases – which include new cases reported Friday through Monday – bring the county’s overall total to 23,132. There are currently 1,078 presumptive cases of COVID-19 – an increase of four over Friday’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.