Sept. 17: Umatilla County Health Reports 2 More COVID-19 Deaths

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Umatilla County Health today reported the 124th and 125th deaths in the county due to COVID-19.

Umatilla County’s 124th death with COVID-19 is a 63-year-old male who tested positive Aug. 29 and died Sept. 10 at CHI St. Anthony’s in Pendleton. This individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 125th death with COVID-19 is a 72-year-old female who tested positive on Aug. 18 and died Sept. 16 at a private residence. This individual had underlying conditions.

The health department today also reported 65 new COVID-19 cases – up two from Thursday’s total.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 15,081. There are currently 674 presumed cases of COVID-19 – up six 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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