Jan. 6: Umatilla County Health Reports 306 New COVID-19 Cases

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Umatilla County Health today reported 306 new cases of COVID-19 – an increase of 89 over Wednesday’s total.

It is the highest number of new cases reported in a single day since the pandemic began. Umatilla County has averaged just over 116 new cases reported per day over the past week.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 16,355. There are currently 885 presumptive cases of COVID-19 – an increase of six over Wednesday.

A total of 187 people have died since the start of the pandemic.

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.

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