The Umatilla County Health Department announced the county’s 55th COVID-19 death in a Wednesday, Dec. 23, press release.

The patient was a 75-year-old male who tested positive Dec. 17 and died Dec. 21 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. This individual had underlying medical conditions, according to the press release.

The announcement comes as the health department reported 33 new cases on Dec. 23, bringing the county’s total to 5,268 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

Morrow County announced one new cases on Dec. 23, bringing its total to 780 cases. Morrow County has had eight deaths since the pandemic started earlier this year.

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