Jan. 12: Umatilla County Health Reports 61st Death Due to COVID-19

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Umatilla County Health today reported the 61st death in the county due to COVID-19.

Umatilla County’s 61st death presumed to have COVID-19 is a 63-year-old female who died Dec. 27 at her residence in Umatilla County. The death certificate listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death.

The health department today also reported 54 new cases of coronavirus.

Today’s numbers bring the county’s overall total to 6,453. There are currently 310 presumed cases of COVID-19.

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 COVID-19:

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.

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