July 16: Umatilla County Health Reports 2 COVID-Related Deaths

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Umatilla County Health today reported two more deaths due to COVID-19 – the 90th and 91st deaths in the county due to the virus.

Umatilla County’s 90th death with COVID-19 is an 82-year-old male who tested positive Dec. 7 and died Dec. 19 at Trios Hospital in Kennewick, Wash. This individual had underlying health conditions.

Umatilla County’s 91st death with COVID-19 is a 63-year-old female who tested positive April 18 and died May 26 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. This individual had underlying health conditions.

The health department today also reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 – down five from Thursday.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 8,905. There are 439 presumed cases of COVID-19 – two more than 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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