GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A third person in Josephine County has died after testing positive for coronavirus, Josephine County Public Health announced on Monday.
Public health officials said that an 84-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 on October 12 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. He died three days later, on October 15. The man had underlying conditions, officials said.
Josephine County saw the first coronavirus death in southern Oregon back in April, an 81-year-old man. At the beginning of August, an 83-year-old Josepine County man died after testing positive for the virus.
As of Monday morning, Josephine County counted a total of 256 cases since the beginning of the pandemic — 224 confirmed and 32 presumptive. Of those cases, 47 are still considered active.
"Josephine County Public Health is investigating all cases to identify contacts and exposures and to isolate and monitor all individuals relevant to the cases," the agency said. "Public Health will reach out to anyone suspected of exposure to COVID-19."