Umatilla County Health today reported another county resident has died from COVID-19 – the 141st death in the county due to the virus.
Umatilla County’s 141st death with COVID-19 is a 61-year-old male who tested positive on Sept. 24 and died Oct.7 at Legacy Good Samaritan in Portland. This individual had underlying conditions.
A total of 12 deaths due to COVID have been reported by the county in the past eight days, and five in the past three days.
The health department today also reported 75 new cases – up 17 from Wednesday’s total.
Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 14,213. There are a total of 765 presumed cases of coronavirus – up eight from Wednesday.
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.