Umatilla County Public Health announced two new deaths of residents diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, Aug. 4, bringing the county’s total to 25 deaths.

The latest deaths were a 74-year-old man who tested positive July 17 and died July 28 at Trios Medical Center in Kennewick, Washington, and a 74-year-old man who tested positive July 12 and died Aug. 1 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. Both had underlying health conditions, according to the news release.

The latest numbers announced Aug. 4 bring the county up to 2,005 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As of Aug. 4, there were also 107 presumptive cases. The county’s hospitalization number dipped into the single digits for the first time in weeks, with nine residents hospitalized.

More than 11,000 tests have been conducted on county residents since the pandemic began. In her July 30 announcement that Umatilla County would be going back to baseline reopening, Gov. Kate Brown cited the county’s test positivity rate of 23% of tests as one of the reasons the county was being returned to baseline, along with its average at the time of 51 new cases per day and the fact that 45% of cases had not been successfully traced to a source.

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