Nov. 15: Umatilla County Health Reports 3 New COVID-19 Deaths

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Umatilla County Health today reported three more county residents have died from COVID-19 – the 167th, 168th and 169th deaths due to the virus.

Umatilla County’s 167th death with COVID-19 is a 62-year-old female who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died Sept. 1 at Legacy Good Samaritan, in Portland. This individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 168th death with COVID-19 is a 52-year old male who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died the same day at a private residence. It is unknown if this individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 169th death with COVID- is an 82-year old female who tested positive on Oct. 19 and died Nov. 5 at Guardian Angel Homes, in Hermiston. This individual had underlying conditions.

The health department today also reported 28 new cases – up six from Friday’s total.

Today’s new cases – which include new cases reported Friday through Sunday – bring the county’s overall total to 14,972. There are 814 presumed cases of coronavirus – up one from Friday. A total of 166 people have died.

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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