Oct. 16: Umatilla County Health Reports 16 New COVID-19 Cases

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Umatilla County Health today reported 16 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases – up four from Thursday.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 3,076.

There are 167 presumed cases of coronavirus in Umatilla County – up one from Thursday. There are currently seven people hospitalized – unchanged from Thursday. A total of 44 people have died.

It was announced last week that Umatilla County has been put back on the County Watch List due to rising case counts.

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.