KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County Public Health reported three more deaths attributed to coronavirus on Tuesday morning, bringing the county death toll to 11.
Two of the fatalities, an 88-year-old man and a 72-year-old man, died at Sky Lakes Medical Center on December 7. Both men had underlying health conditions, officials said.
A 72-year-old woman died at her residence on December 4. She also had underlying conditions.
Public health officials also reported 40 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
"Like most of the state, Klamath County is experiencing a surge in cases. A revised approach to contact investigations and close contact follow up is part of a statewide plan developed in response to the statewide growth in cases," Klamath County Public Health said.
"The approach incorporates a priority structure to ensure those at highest risk receive contact from KCPH first," the agency continued. "More than half of the counties in Oregon have moved to this surge protocol, as local and state resources reach capacity in this critical pandemic response."
People who have tested positive are urged to notify their close contacts of potential exposure. A close contact is considered to by anyone who has been within six feet of a positive case for 15 or more cumulative minutes, or without a mask.
KCPH directed people who have tested positive and their close contacts to links at the top of the County's COVID-19 page, as contacts are unlikely to be contacted by public health officials under the surge protocol.