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An elderly woman succumbs to COVID-19 in late December, state officials report Wednesday

The death count in Yamhill County reached 37 on Wednesday after it was reported that an 85-year-old woman succumbed to the COVID-19 virus in late December.

A report from the Oregon Health Authority, released on Wednesday, said the woman tested positive for the virus on Nov. 24 and died on Dec. 23. It didn't identify her name or town of residence, but did say she had underlying medical conditions that contributed to her death.

The woman was one of 44 deaths reported across the state on Wednesday, and lead to a tally of 1,550 lost since the onset of the pandemic in March. The state has tallied nearly 119,500 confirmed and presumptive cases since the pandemic's onset.

As of Wednesday, the Yamhill County Public Health Department reported 2,829 cases of the virus, with 44 added during a one-day period from Monday to Tuesday. Seventy-six percent of the cases are among the white community, while 16% are among Hispanics. The county has logged nearly 75,300 negative tests over the past nine months.

McMinnville continues to earn the dubious distinction of the most number of positive cases with 1,236 and a rate of 342 per 10,000 residents. Newberg is a distant second with 702 cases and a rate of 248 per 10,000 residents. Dayton has the highest number of cases by percentage of population with 356 per 10,000 residents, but had only suffered 133 cases as of Wednesday.

Vaccinations continue

The Oregon Health Authority recorded 3,964 doses of vaccines administered on Tuesday, including 317 second doses, and a total number of doses administered in the past three weeks of 210,975 individuals. So far, all the vaccinations have occurred in hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service agencies, urgent care facilities and local public health authorities.

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