March 8: Umatilla County Health Reports 2 More COVID-19 Deaths


Umatilla County Health today reported the 202nd and 203rd county residents have died from COVID-19.

Umatilla County’s 202nd death with COVID-19 is a 62-year-old female who tested positive on Feb. 4 and died March 4 at Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston. It is unknown if this individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 203rd death with COVID-19 is a 59-year-old male who tested positive on Feb. 8 and died Feb. 28 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. This individual had underlying conditions.

The health department today also reported just two new cases – down 11 from Monday’s total.

There are currently 1,085 presumptive cases of COVID-19 – unchanged from Monday.

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.