Umatilla County Public Health continues to report deaths at Hermiston nursing homes after an outbreak at Regency Hermiston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
The county has reported six deaths of people with COVID-19 that took place at Regency Hermiston, and on July 28 reported a death at Guardian Angel Homes in Hermiston.
Regency Hermiston had 37 cases linked to it as of the Oregon Health Authority’s July 22 weekly COVID-19 report. The state will release an updated report of outbreaks at worksites and congregate care facilities on Wednesday, July 29.
The number in the report includes all cases and deaths of residents, staff and close contacts of residents or staff who appear to have contracted the virus from them.
David Bake of Regency Hermiston said in an email that the facility had been working hard since March to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 through various measures, such as temperature checks and regular testing of staff and residents. He said their thoughts and prayers were with those who tested positive and their families.
After their first positive test on July 8, he said, they worked with the health department to complete testing on residents, and are in the process of finalizing the remainder of the staff testing. Employees who tested positive or are showing symptoms are quarantining at home, and test results have been communicated with families of the residents.
Bake said Regency Hermiston will continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
“We will continue to work with both Oregon Health Authority and Department of Health officials to take the appropriate steps to protect our residents and staff members, and to meet this extraordinary challenge in a compassionate and understanding way,” he said.
“We want to thank each and every member of the community that have connected with us and given support. We want to thank every staff member at Regency Hermiston for their amazing and true dedication and caring for our residents every day despite their own concerns and family responsibilities.”
On July 28, the county announced three new deaths and 47 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s totals up to 1,704 confirmed cases, 103 presumptive cases, 13 hospitalizations and 19 deaths. The county lists 1,479 cases as inactive.
According to OHA, Umatilla County’s 17th COVID-19 death was an 84-year-old woman with underlying health conditions who tested positive July 22 and died July 25 at Guardian Angel Homes in Hermiston.
The county’s 18th death was an 87-year-old woman with underlying health conditions who tested positive July 16 and died July 27 at Regency Hermiston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
The 19th death was a 94-year-old woman who tested positive July 22 and died July 28 at Regency in Hermiston. Her death marked the sixth death of a COVID-19 positive patient the county has announced at Regency.
Also included in OHA’s weekly report are workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 where at least five cases have been linked to a site that has 30 or more employees. Workplaces remain on the list until they have gone 30 days without a new case linked to them, either through an employee or close contact.
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution remains on the list. Superintendent Ron Miles provided up-to-date information on Wednesday, July 22, stating by email that there are 33 positive cases at EOCI, including five staff, and 48 adults in custody who have tested negative. Fifty-three tests at the institution are still pending results, and approximately 700 inmates are in quarantine status.
Other Umatilla and Morrow county worksites listed in the July 22 report are:
- Lamb Weston, Hermiston, 142 cases
- Medelez Trucking, Hermiston, 38 cases
- Columbia River Processing (Tillamook), Boardman, 30 cases
- Shearer’s Foods, Hermiston, 27 cases
- Walmart Distribution Center, Hermiston, 23 cases
- Atkinson Staffing, Hermiston, 19 cases
- Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, 15 cases
- Oregon Potato Company, Boardman, 12 cases
- JM Eagle, Umatilla, 10 cases
- Walmart store, Hermiston, 10 cases
- Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla, 8 cases
- Marlette Homes, Hermiston, 6 cases