Nov. 23: Umatilla County Health Reports 3 More COVID-19 Deaths

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Umatilla County Health today reported three more county residents have died from COVID-19.

The latest COVID-19 deaths bring the county’s total to 179. A previous COVID death was incorrectly reported as being a resident of Umatilla County.

Umatilla County’s 177th death with COVID-19 is an 89-year-old female who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died Sept. 20 at a private residence. This individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 178th death with COVID-19 is a 69-year-old male who tested positive on Sept. 27 and died Nov. 21 at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland. This individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 179th death with COVID-19 is a 78-year-old male who tested positive on Oct. 27 and died Nov. 17 at a private residence. This individual had underlying conditions.

The county has reported 14 COVID-19 deaths in the past 15 days.

The health department today also reported 15 new cases – the same number as Monday.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 15,071. There are 824 presumed cases of coronavirus – an increase of one over Monday’s total.

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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