A third Umatilla County resident has died of COVID-19, Umatilla County Public Health announced Monday.
The patient was a 70-year-old woman, who tested positive on May 4 and died May 16 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. The health department reported she had underlying health conditions.
“We encourage everyone to be respectful as a family in our community grieves,” the county stated.
As of Tuesday, May 19, Umatilla County reported 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and three presumptive cases where someone was showing symptoms after being close contact with a confirmed case.
Seventy-eight patients are considered recovered after not displaying symptoms for at least 72 hours. Of the 24 active cases remaining, one patient is currently in the hospital.
A total of 1,366 Umatilla County residents have been tested for COVID-19, according to the health department, with 1,263 tests coming back negative. A map of confirmed cases last updated May 12 on the health department’s website shows between 51 and 75 confirmed cases in the Hermiston ZIP code and 16 to 25 in Umatilla so far.
According to data compiled by Lane County Public Health, Umatilla County had the third highest COVID-19 rate per 100,000 population as of May 18, just behind Multnomah County.
The health department stated in its news release that as businesses reopen, everyone should keep in mind that COVID-19 is still circulating in the community, and take as many precautions as they can to slow its spread. Those precautions include everyone staying home when sick, people over the age of 60 or with underlying health conditions staying home even when well, staying at least 6 feet away from others and wearing a mask in public. They also include good personal hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently, not touching your face and sneezing or coughing into a tissue or your elbow.
Anyone in need of mental health services at this time can call Lifeways at 866-343-4473 to discuss what services are available.