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Klickitat County resident dies in first COVID-19 county fatality

 

March 25, 2020



Saturday, March 28

A Klickitat County citizen has died at a facility outside the county from COVID-19, marking the first death by the virus of a county resident.

The Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Unified Command with the Klickitat County Public Health Department was informed of the first death resulting from COVID-19 for a Klickitat County resident this evening (Saturday, March 28).

The individual tested positive and was transferred and treated appropriately at a facility outside of the county.

The EOC, along with the Klickitat County Public Health Department, states it is working with local medical providers and Emergency Management to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the confirmed case. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

Resources available within Klickitat County include the Skyline Hospital screening tool available on their website at https://myskylinehealth.org/ and the KVH Nurse Helpline which is currently operating; they can be reached by calling 773-4029.

The Klickitat County Public Health Department says it continues to take action and explore efforts to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19, adding, “During an outbreak with a new virus there is a lot of uncertainty. Our guidance and advice are subject to change as we learn more. We will continue to keep you updated.

“This is a tragic loss of life and we share our deepest condolences with the family and friends,” the EOC wrote in its statement this evening. “Although the majority of cases are mild, this is a very serious virus that can lead to death. We ask you for your own safety and the safety of others to please Stay home - Stay Healthy.”

Residents of Klickitat County need to:

• Stay Home! Per the Proclamation by the Governor- All people in Washington State shall immediately cease leaving their home or place of residence except: (1) to conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or (2) for employment in essential business services. Stay Home, Stay Healthy!

• Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including: handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

• Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health

conditions including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune

system.

 

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