Feb. 23: Umatilla County Health Reports 201st COVID-19 Death


Umatilla County Health today the 201st county resident has died from COVID-19.

Umatilla County’s 201st death with COVID-19 is a 79-year-old male who tested positive on Feb. 4 and died Feb. 17 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. This individual had underlying conditions.

The health department today also reported 21 new cases – down 33 from Tuesday’s total.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 22,153. There are currently 1,082 presumptive cases of COVID-19 – an increase of four over Tuesday’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.