Nov. 16: Umatilla County Health Reports 3 New Deaths Due to COVID

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Three more Umatilla County residents have died from coronavirus, according to the county health department.

The makes 49 county residents who have died from the virus.

Umatilla County’s 47th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old male who tested positive Oct. 27 and died Nov. 8 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston.

Umatilla County’s 48th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old male who tested positive Oct. 29 and died Nov. 8 at Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, Wash.

Umatilla County’s 49th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old female who tested positive Nov. 2 and died Nov. 13 at OHSU. This individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County Health today also reported 95 new coronavirus cases – those include new cases reported Friday through Sunday.

Today’s cases bring the county’s overall total to 3,713. There are currently 206 presumptive cases – up eight from Friday.

Umatilla County is part of Region 9, which consists of five counties, including Baker, Malheur, Morrow and Union. Umatilla County’s 95 new cases is more than double the nearest county in the region. By comparison, Baker County reported 19 new cases over the weekend, Malheur reported 35 new cases, Morrow reported six new cases and Union County reported 47.

The surge in cases continues following Friday’s announcement by Gov. Kate Brown that new statewide restrictions will go into place on Wednesday in an effort to slow down the pandemic.

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 COVID-19:

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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