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Klamath County reports first death linked to coronavirus, the second in southern Oregon

Klamath County Public Health officials reported the first coronavirus-related death in the area on Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 11:22 AM
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 6:23 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County Public Health officials reported the first coronavirus-related death in the area on Wednesday, only the second such fatality in southern Oregon.

“This is a sad day for our community. We must all remember that this individual has a family and friends who need privacy to mourn. With international attention often focused on the number of deaths worldwide, it would be easy to see this milestone as a mere statistic,” said KCPH Director Jennifer Little.

Officials said that the death happened on Tuesday, June 30. Klamath County Public Health asked that the community respect the family's need for privacy, and their need to grieve and process the loss.

While the agency did not identify the individual, it did provide some basic demographic details. The person was a woman in her 70s. She was hospitalized at the time that she died.

Klamath County Public Health information officer Valeree Lane said that woman is believed to have contracted the virus from a close connection, and this was not a case of community spread.

County officials expect to receive more information on the case from the Oregon Health Authority on Thursday.

“This person was a member of our community. Public Health and all Klamath County government would like to express sincere condolences to the family and other loved ones grieving at this time,” Little continued.

Josephine County marked the first death attributed to the virus in southern Oregon on April 11, an 81-year-old man.

Klamath County reported a total of 123 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, out of 5,143 processed tests. Ten people have been hospitalized for the virus since the outbreak began.

Many of the recent COVID-19 cases in southern Oregon have been among younger people — particularly in Klamath County — accompanied by a comparatively lower hospitalization rate. Earlier this week, Jackson County health officer Dr. Jim Shames expressed concern that this trend would eventually cause a spread of infection to more vulnerable groups.

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Cases: 154554

Reported Deaths: 2204
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Washington21060212
Marion18335285
Clackamas13310175
Lane10172126
Jackson8299111
Umatilla763181
Deschutes591859
Yamhill375964
Linn356556
Malheur334358
Polk302942
Klamath277455
Douglas242853
Benton231816
Josephine231649
Jefferson195028
Coos142519
Union127519
Columbia124321
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106329
Morrow104414
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6487
Curry4166
Tillamook4122
Lake3746
Harney2726
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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Cases: 3554629

Reported Deaths: 51395
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Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
Alameda800881224
Ventura77238834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55775944
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
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Alpine810
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