Seventh retirement home resident dies from virus
A seventh Yamhill County resident has died from the COVID-19 virus, a county health official confirmed Tuesday, April 28.
A 90-year-old resident of Astor House at Springbrook Oaks died on Monday evening, April 27, due to complications from the virus, said Lindsay Manfrin, director of the Health and Human Services Department.
The man's death adds to the six others at the Newberg facility since early March. All of the individuals have been over 80 years old and all of the county's deaths are concentrated at the Newberg facility.
The Yamhill County Public Health Department reported April 28 that 39 confirmed cases of the virus have been tallied since the outbreak began in February. While initially all the cases were limited to elderly individuals, over the past several weeks the virus has hit people age 20 and older. No cases have been identified in people from infant to 20 years old so far, county data indicates. That data also shows that 1,233 people have tested negative for the virus and 15 had recovered from COVID-19 in the county.
Astor House at Springbrook Oaks is a retirement community near the intersection of Brutscher and Hayes streets in northeast Newberg. It is owned by Holiday Retirement, a giant Winter Park, Florida-based company with hundreds of facilities in 43 states.
Announcement of the Astor House cases follow a determination in March that a George Fox University undergrad student had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The unidentified student had been living in a residence hall on campus during winter semester.
Recent developments throughout the state have prompted the county health department to hone its reporting practices.
"As we continue 'reopening' planning efforts, we recognize the importance of accurate COVID-19 data," Manfrin said in a release. "With this in mind, we will be releasing case count data in Yamhill County by ZIP code. It is believed that these cases represent only a fraction of the true number, and the numbers should in no way be used to gauge personal risk. We recognize that this data has been requested in the past and we are now at a point where the benefits of sharing this information outweigh the concerns. ZIP codes with between one and four cases will be reported as less than five."
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