Oct. 15: Umatilla County Health Reports 3 More COVID-19 Deaths

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Umatilla County Health today reported three more residents have died from COVID-19 – the 142nd, 143rd and 144th deaths in the county due to the virus.

Umatilla County’s 142nd death with COVID-19 is a 61 year old female who tested positive on Aug. 29 and died Sept. 23 at a private residence. It is unknown if this individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 143rd death with COVID-19 is a 71-year-old female who tested positive on Sept. 22 and died Sept. 25 at Providence St. Vincent in Portland. This individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 144th death with COVID-19 is a 66-year-old female who tested positive on Oct. 4, 2021 and died Oct. 7 at a private residence. It is unknown if this individual had underlying conditions.

The health department has reported 15 deaths in the county due to COVID in the past nine days and eight in the past four days.

The health department today also reported a significant drop in new cases with just 25 – down 50 from Thursday’s total.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 14,240. There are a total of 767 presumed cases of coronavirus – up two from Thursday.

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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