The Benton County Health Department announced the county’s first COVID-19 related death. The patient was a female in her late 80’s who was receiving treatment at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center at the time of death. The patient had underlying medical conditions. To safeguard the privacy of the victim and family, health officials have not released any additional details at this time.
“It is with very heavy hearts that we announce this fatality. While we knew this was a possible outcome of this deadly virus, it does not lessen the tragedy of this unfortunate passing. We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual,” said Charlie Fautin, Interim Health Department Co-Director. “I cannot stress enough the importance of following the ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ order. Thorough handwashing, and ensuring that all individuals practice physical distancing of 6 feet is critical to mitigate the spread of the virus.”
To date, Benton County has 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 2 patients being treated in area hospitals. Statewide, Oregon has 606 cases. Testing is coordinated by health care providers; members of the public who may be experiencing symptoms are instructed to contact their provider.
Officials urge the public to follow guidance from Governor Kate Brown’s recent executive order to “Stay Home, Save Lives” by reducing opportunities for community transmission of the disease. Avoiding social contacts and practicing excellent personal hygiene are the best ways to slow the spread of the disease.
For more information about the local response to the pandemic, go to https://www.co.benton.or.us/coronaviru