Umatilla County’s cases of COVID-19 rose to 174 confirmed cases and 13 presumptive cases on Tuesday, June 16, up from 140 confirmed cases one week prior.
According to the county’s daily reporting, 137 cases have recovered. The county reported its fourth death from the virus after an 87-year-old male resident died at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton on June 11. The man had underlying health conditions and tested positive on May 30, according to the release.
Counties surrounding Umatilla County are also seeing increases. Morrow County rose from 14 cases to 19 this week.
Union County, to the east, is currently experiencing a major spike in cases, including 99 positive tests on June 15 and another 117 cases the next day. The county had reported only six cases so far in the county as of June 9.
To the north, the Tri-Cities saw a 114-case increase on June 16, bringing them up to 2,226 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Tri-City Herald. As a result, the Washington Department of Health is putting Franklin and Benton counties’s applications to move into Phase 2 of reopening on pause.
As of June 16, the Oregon Health Authority has reported 6,098 cases and 182 deaths from COVID-19 in Oregon.
To combat the spread of COVID-19, Umatilla County Public Health officials urged people in a news release to stay home if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, chills, sore throat or a loss of taste and smell.
“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," the department stated. "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.”