Umatilla County Health today reported the 205th county resident has died from COVID-19 – the fourth COVID-related death reported in the past three days.
Umatilla County’s 205th fifth death with COVID-19 is an 89-year-old male who tested positive Jan. 6 and died Jan. 16 at Willowbrook Terrace in Pendleton. This individual had underlying conditions.
The number of new cases, however, continues to trend down as today there were no new cases reported. In fact, the health department today reported an earlier report of new cases overstated the number by one, dropping the overall number of cases reported in the county to 22,266, instead of 22,267.
There are currently 1,085 presumptive cases of COVID-19 – unchanged from Wednesday.
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.