Yamhill County sustained the first fatality assigned to COVID-19 as public officials announced that an otherwise unidentified 93-year-old man has succumbed to the virus on Friday afternoon.
The man, the release said, had "significant chronic health conditions" prior to contracting the disease.
"The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners is saddened to report he death of a community member from COVID-19," a release from the Yamhill County Public Health Department said. "Commissioners Casey Kulla, Mary Starrett and Rick Olson express their deepest and most sincere sympathies (to) the individual's family and loved ones."
The department noted on Friday that nine confirmed cases of the virus have been tallied since the outbreak began in February, although other non-confirmed cases are known in the county as well. Of the confirmed cases, one is in the 40- to 49-years-old age group, one is in the 50- to 59-years-old age bracket, one is 60- to 69-years old and six individuals are 80 or older.
Officials said the man's death steeled the department's resolve to fight the onslaught of the virus, with the community's help.
"To protect the most vulnerable, our community should heed the direction of public health officials to practice social distancing, wash hands frequently for 20 seconds, avoid touching your face and stay home if you are sick," County Health Officer Dr. William Koenig said.
The department advised that most people that contract the virus typically exhibit mild symptoms and warned "if you are feeling sick with mild symptoms and do not need to seek medical care, stay home while you recover. If you are sick and plan to seek care, please call before going in for care so arrangements can be made to prevent exposing others.
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