Jan. 7: Umatilla County Health Reports 188th COVID-19 Death

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Umatilla County Health today reported the 188th county resident has died from COVID-19.

Umatilla County’s 188th death with COVID-19 is a 67-year-old male who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died Aug. 31 at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla. This individual had underlying conditions.

The health department today also reported 176 new cases of COVID-19 – a decrease of 130 from Thursday’s total. Umatilla County has averaged just under 124 new cases reported per day over the past eight days.

(SEE ALSO: COUNTY REPONDS TO SPIKE IN COVID CASES)

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 16,522. There are currently 891 presumptive cases of COVID-19 – an increase of six over Thursday.

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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