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Public health officials report a 26-year-old man succumbed to the disease or its cousin SARS on July 10

Yamhill County has sustained another death connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The public health department announced July 28 that COVID-19 or SARS contributed to the death of an unidentified man on July 10.

The man's death was the 10th in the county over the past six months, public health officials said, and among the more than 300 confirmed cases of the virus in the county. The death certificate for the man, the public health department reported, listed the virus or its cousin SARS "as a cause of death or as a significant condition that contributed to his death."

County public health officials declined to give specifics on where the man lived, whether her had underlying conditions that led to his death or why there was an 18-day delay in reporting his death.

"I am not able to provide any comment," said Lindsay Manfrin, director of Yamhill County's Health and Human Services department.

As of July 30, there were 307 confirmed cases and five presumptive cases in the county; 23 people have been hospitalized, 244 were not hospitalized and 40 individuals' status was unknown. There have been 8,846 negative tests in the county as well.

Most cases in Yamhill County, 199 as of July 28, emanated in the Newberg and McMinnville areas. Seven of 10 deaths in the county were elderly residents at the Astor House at Springbrook Oaks retirement community.

Of the deaths in the county, seven were individuals 80 or older, one was in the 70-79 age range, one was in the 60-69 age range and there has been one death in the 20-29 age range.

As of July 30, there were 17,721 cases and 311 deaths in the state, with 16,815 positive tests, 376,434 negative tests and more than 393,249 total people tested overall. The July 30 count of new cases alone topped 304 and 8 individuals died from the disease in a single day in the state.

"As we surpass 300 deaths related to COVID-19, including the 14 deaths reported today, I wish to extend sincere condolences on behalf of everyone at OHA to the families who have lost a loved one to this disease," Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said on July 28. "It is a stark reminder of the work all Oregonians need to do to bring this pandemic under control. Together we can slow this disease and prevent this terrible loss of life."

The deaths reported in the state last week ranged from individuals from 26 to 91 years old and from counties as close as Washington to as far away as Malheur.

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