The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of three community member deaths on Feb. 5. All three individuals had underlying health issues that affected their health in addition to having COVID-19. Two of the individuals had recovered from COVID-19, however their deaths were classified as COVID-related based on national standards.

Two of these community members were from White Salmon. One was 90 years old and tested positive on Dec. 8, 2020. They passed away on Jan. 15 while under hospice care. The other individual was 77 years old and tested positive on Dec. 12, 2020. They passed away on Jan. 8. The third community member was from Glenwood and 71 years old. They tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9, 2020, while in Benton County. This individual was admitted to a Portland area hospital in mid-January and passed away on Jan. 20. Klickitat County has had a total of 717 COVID-19 cases to date and eight deaths.

You can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask that covers your nose and mouth when you are in public, washing your hands, and staying home when you are sick. It is also highly recommended that the public avoid large gatherings and events even if they are hosted outside. The county is currently in Phase 1, and the state recommendation is to not gather with more than five people outside your household per week and to wear a mask during that time.

If you are currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your primary care provider about getting tested. COVID-19 symptoms can be different for everyone but generally include some of the following: fever, chills, headache, muscle aches or pains, sore throat, sinus congestion, dry or productive cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramps, loss of smell or taste, and fatigue. Anyone with symptoms can be tested in Klickitat County by calling to make an appointment at Klickitat Valley Health, Skyline Health, or Northshore Medical Group.