COVID-19 has claimed the life of another Douglas County resident.
An 85-year-old woman from Douglas County died Monday, becoming the 11th local person to die from the disease, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported Monday.
The team also reported 22 new cases in the county.
“Another treasured Douglas County resident has been lost to the deadly COVID-19 virus,” said Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman in a press release on Monday.
In addition to sending condolences to the family, Freeman said he could not stress enough how important it is to be vigilant following health and safety guidelines to prevent the disease’s spread.
“Looking at our recent spike in cases locally, statewide, nationwide and worldwide, the potential for a continued increase in the numbers of COVID cases and deaths right now is alarming,” Freeman said.
The woman who died tested positive for the disease when she entered the hospital on Nov. 8. The county released no additional information about the woman or her case, citing privacy concerns for her loved ones.
Monday’s new case numbers came on top of the Response Team’s report on Sunday of 10 new positive and presumptive cases.
As of Monday, 20 county residents were hospitalized with the disease, 19 in local hospitals and one out of town. County staff are currently supporting 690 local people in isolation and quarantine.
The new cases bring the county’s total since the pandemic’s start to 645.
Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority reported 781 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Monday. It also reported four new deaths, raising the state’s death toll to 765. Monday’s death in Douglas County was not yet included in the OHA report, which sometimes lags behind local reporting.