Sept. 9: Umatilla County Health Reports 2 New COVID-19 Deaths


Umatilla County Health today reported two more county residents have died from COVID-19 – the 119th and 120th deaths due to the virus.

Umatilla County’s 119th death with COVID-19 is a 73-year-old male who tested positive Aug. 20 and died Aug. 30 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. This individual had underlying conditions.

Umatilla County’s 120th death with COVID-19 is an 86-year-old male who tested positive on Aug. 16 and died Sept. 3 at Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. This individual had underlying conditions.

The health department today also reported 119 new COVID-19 cases – up five over Wednesday’s total.

Today’s new cases bring the county’s overall total to 11,958. There are currently 635 presumed cases of COVID-19 – up seven from Wednesday.

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.


  1. It is odd that Umatilla County Health always insert if people that die of Covid have chronic condition, as approximately 50% of the US population has one or more chronic conditions. It would be much more informative and educational to indicate if the person had been vaccinated or not.


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