Umatilla County Health today reported a 46th county resident has died from coronavirus. The health department also reported 15 new cases.
Umatilla County’s 46th COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old male who tested positive Oct. 4 and died Oct. 21 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash. This individual had underlying conditions.
Today’s 15 new cases bring the county’s overall total to 3,206.
There are 173 presumed cases of coronavirus in Umatilla County – up two from Monday. There are currently seven people hospitalized – unchanged from Monday.
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.