KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Public health officials in Klamath County reported two more coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, and their California counterparts in Siskiyou County reported one.
According to Klamath County Public Health, an 80-year-old woman died at Sky Lakes Medical Center on December 21. She had underlying health conditions. A 62-year-old woman, also with underlying conditions, died at Sky Lakes on December 26.
The latest fatalities brought Klamath County's total since the beginning of the pandemic to 18.
Klamath County marked 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, among 77 cases so far this week.
Meanwhile, vaccines for the virus arrived in Klamath County last week and are being administered to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. As of Tuesday morning, 729 doses had been administered.
"It is important that medical capacity be preserved and these initial inoculations go toward that greater good," officials said in a statement. "We must have professionals available when we need them. Keeping these individuals, and those in the vulnerable position of residential care, healthy benefits all of us."
In Siskiyou County just to the southwest, public health officials reported the area's eleventh death attributed to COVID-19 on Wednesday.
"The Public Health department expresses its sincere condolences to the person’s family and friends. To protect the privacy of this person and their family we will not be giving out any further information at this time," the agency said. "Siskiyou County Public Health is strongly reminding all residents of Siskiyou County that it is vital to follow all applicable State restrictions and guidelines. COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing all across California, threatening our families, communities, hospitals, and our economy."