Umatilla County Public Health announced three more county residents have died with COVID-19.

In a Nov. 16 news release, the local health department stated 49 county residents have now died with the virus.

According to the news release, an 81-year-old man who tested positive on Oct. 27 died Nov. 8 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston.

A 63-year-old man, who tested positive Oct. 29, died Nov. 8 at Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick.

A 66-year-old woman with underlying conditions tested positive Nov. 2 and died Nov. 13 at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Over the seven-day period between Nov. 11 and Nov. 17, the health department also announced a total of 271 new cases in Umatilla County.

The county has had a total of 3,924 cases since the pandemic began, with a majority of the cases centered in Hermiston. According to the Oregon Health Authority’s latest weekly report, released Nov. 11, Hermiston’s ZIP code still holds the record for most COVID-19 cases of any ZIP code in the state, with 1,767 since the pandemic began.

Oregon Health Authority continues to track workplace outbreaks, updating its list in its weekly report each Wednesday.

According to the Nov. 11 report, worksites in Umatilla County with at least 30 people working there, that have seen COVID-19 cases among employees in the past 30 days, are Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Lamb Weston’s Hermiston site, Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, J&J Snack Foods in Weston, Home Depot in Hermiston and Dutch Bros Coffee in Hermiston. Worksites in Morrow County on OHA’s report are Lamb Weston East in Boardman and Lamb Weston Boardman Pac. The report also lists an outbreak of 35 cases at Avamere Hermiston, an assisted living facility.

Statewide, the Nov. 11 report showed 6.8% of COVID-19 cases have been hospitalized and 1.5% have died. As of Nov. 17, the state has reported 58,570 cases of COVID-19.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been more than 11 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic and 246,232 deaths. In the past seven days, the CDC reports, the country has reported 47.5 new cases per 100,000 people.

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