Umatilla County Health today reported the 42nd person in the county has died from coronavirus.
Umatilla County’s 42nd death attributed to COVID-19 is a 97-year-old female who tested positive July 16 and died Sept. 8 at Regency Hermiston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. This individual had underlying conditions.
Health officials today also reported six newly-confirmed cases of coronavirus. Those cases bring the county’s overall total to 2,643. The six new cases reported today were the fewest in a single day since June 16 when just two were reported.
There are 149 presumed cases of coronavirus in Umatilla County. Five people are currently hospitalized.
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.