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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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Reported Deaths: 338
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Washington292124
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Umatilla214126
Clackamas146438
Malheur71512
Deschutes5558
Lane5403
Jackson4211
Lincoln4149
Yamhill40412
Union3922
Jefferson3323
Morrow3272
Polk30112
Linn26310
Klamath2001
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Wasco1723
Benton1626
Douglas1401
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Coos890
Columbia860
Clatsop830
Crook421
Baker360
Tillamook340
Lake320
Wallowa191
Curry140
Sherman140
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant20
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Reported Deaths: 9808
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Riverside38487738
Orange38131665
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San Diego30516568
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Fresno15945157
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Contra Costa8324131
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Marin518076
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Sonoma320842
Madera211432
Placer199819
San Luis Obispo197016
Yolo161442
Santa Cruz11964
Butte10128
Napa10079
Sutter8406
San Benito6894
El Dorado6681
Lassen6320
Yuba5334
Shasta4049
Colusa3594
Glenn3462
Mendocino3419
Nevada3161
Tehama2491
Humboldt2454
Lake2111
Mono1461
Tuolumne1442
Amador1370
Calaveras1361
Del Norte900
Siskiyou880
Inyo661
Mariposa592
Plumas330
Trinity50
Modoc40
Sierra30
Alpine20
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