The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) Thursday confirmed the death of a community member. The individual was 80 years old and had tested positive for COVID-19. They were transported to a hospital where they passed on March 9, 2021. This person did have underlying health issues that affected their health in addition to having COVID-19. Klickitat County has had a total of 743 COVID-19 cases to date and nine deaths.

KCHD did not specify where in the county the deceased was from.

Currently, KCHD is investigating any and all close contacts or possible exposures related to this individual. At this time, it appears that the case was related to community transmission. 

“Klickitat County Health Department is actively looking into all of the close contacts and has contacted anyone that was potentially exposed. In the meantime, it’s important that we continue to wear face coverings when in public and stay home when we feel sick,” states Erinn Quinn, Director for Klickitat County Public Health.