KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County Public Health on Thursday reported two more deaths attributed to coronavirus, bringing the area's death toll to seven since the pandemic began.
According to the agency, a 60-year-old man died on November 28 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. A 52-year-old woman died on December 2 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Both of them had underlying health conditions.
Klamath County Public Health cited CDC data, which has found that older adults and those with certain health conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Those conditions include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
"Not all of these conditions can be seen," the agency said. "It is recommended that everyone remain vigilant to protect their own health and that of others."
Earlier in the day, Klamath County reported 50 new cases of the virus, bringing the week's total case count to 104.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.