Oct. 22: Umatilla County Reports COVID-19 Death, 16 New Cases

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Umatilla County Health today reported that another county resident has died from coronavirus – the 45th person to die from the virus.

The county also reported 16 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases – down two from Wednesday.

Umatilla County’s 45th COVID-19 death is a 53-year-old male who tested positive Sept. 7 and died Oct. 19 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 3,144.

There are 169 presumed cases of coronavirus in Umatilla County – unchanged from Wednesday. There are currently six people hospitalized – unchanged from Wednesday.

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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