March 9: Umatilla County Health Reports 204th COVID-19 Death


Umatilla County Health today reported the 204th county resident has died from COVID-19 – the third COVID-related death in the past two days.

Umatilla County’s 204th death with COVID-19 is a65-year-old female who tested positive Feb. 3 and died the same day at Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston. This individual had underlying conditions.

The health department today also reported nine new cases – an increase of seven over Tuesday’s total. Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 22,267.

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

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.