Jan. 8: Umatilla County Health Reports 60th COVID-Related Death

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For the second straight day, Umatilla County Health has reported another county resident – the 60th – has died from coronavirus.

Umatilla County’s 60th death with COVID-19 is a 50-year-old male who tested positive Dec. 30 and died Jan. 5 at Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston. This individual had underlying medical conditions.

Umatilla County Health today also reported 39 new cases of coronavirus – down 119 from Thursday.

Today’s numbers bring the county’s overall total to 6,217. There are currently 296 presumed cases of COVID-19 – up one from 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 COVID-19:

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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