Descutes County reports its first COVID-19 death in St. Charles Bend


A 63-year-old man was admitted on Monday with symptoms

(Update: adding St. Charles statement)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – County health officials in the country have reported the first death of a county resident due to COVID-19, a 63-year-old man who died in St. Charles Bend on Tuesday, a day after he was admitted. Symptoms.

“The man had a medical condition and was hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms yesterday (Monday),” county health officials said in an announcement.

His case was identified through local contact tracing.

Deschutes County Health Services Director Drs. George Conway said, “Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of our community member who died today.” “Our hearts are heavy with this news, and we want to assure this community that health services are committed to the transmission of this virus in Central Oregon.”

Iman Simmons, St. Charles’ chief operating officer and one of two incident commanders for the health system’s COVID-19 response, issued a statement saying, “The first death of a Descutes County resident is another tragic mile in this epidemic.” Is the stone. “

“As we see the number of COVID-19 cases in our community increasing rapidly, it is important to remember that our best defense often is to wash or purify our hands, and obey the governor’s orders. This includes wearing masks, both indoors and outdoors, if you cannot maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others – and limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people, “Simmons said.

Tuesday’s Deschutes County death was not reflected in the day’s Oregon Health Authority update, which indicated that seven more Oregon COVID-19s died, the highest toll in late April. County officials said it would be reported in Wednesday’s data.

The man was the second Central Oregon to die from COVID-19 and the second in less than a week after the death of a 63-year-old rogue county woman last week.

It was also the second COVID-19 death in St. Charles Bend since the epidemic began earlier this year. A woman from Newburgh died in hospital in mid-April, but COVID-19 deaths and positive cases are counted by the Oregon Health Authority from her place of residence.

Deschutes County Health Services said it would like to remind residents to take these steps to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • When you’re not together, wear masks in public or nearby;
  • Maintain a physical distance of six feet from those with whom you do not live;
  • Frequent hand washing;
  • If you feel ill stay home; And
  • If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor for a test

If you are experiencing symptoms and need guidance to obtain medical care, please call the COVID-19 hotline at 541-6-16-5109.

As of Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 276 cases of COVID-19 in Deschutes County. Of those, 198 are considered. For local data and updates on COVID-19, visit the website www.deschutes.org/covid-19.