TILLAMOOK COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS COVID-19 UPDATE: 19th COVID-19 Death Reported in Tillamook County – Sept. 10, 2021

TILLAMOOK, Ore. —Tillamook County Public Health Department was notified total September 10, 2021 of the 19th Tillamook County resident to have died from the disease, COVID-19. For the first 18 months of the pandemic, Tillamook County had 5 local deaths due to COVID. Over the past 3 weeks, we nearly quadrupled the number of COVID deaths in Tillamook County, raising the death toll from 5 to 19.

Tillamook County’s 19th COVID-19 associated death is a 73-year-old female from Tillamook County who died on Sept. 03 at Adventist Health Tillamook. She had underlying conditions.

“We grieve for all of the lives lost and wish to extend our sincerest condolences at this difficult time.” – Marlene Putman, Administrator, Tillamook County Health Department.

During the first week of September (9/1/21 – 9/8/21), 158 new cases of COVID-19 were tracked in Tillamook County; 52 new cases occurred this past weekend (9/3/21 – 9/5/21) and 359 over the past 14 days (8/22/21 – 09/05/21). Test positivity over the past week decreased to 16.6% compared to the previous week which was 23.9%.

In total since March 2020, 1,647 COVID-19 cases have been tracked in Tillamook County, 76 hospitalizations and 19 COVID-19 related deaths.

COVID-19 testing is available for those who have symptoms or are a close contact to someone who has tested positive (within 6 ft for more than 15 mins). Drive-up to the Tillamook County Fairgrounds for testing Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am – 3pm or call into for an appointment at our acute care clinic for testing on Tuesday or Thursday at 503-842-3900.

All three COVID-19 vaccines are available every Tuesday and Thursday at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds from 9am – 3pm. Unable to make it in? Federal pharmacies such as Fred Meyer and Safeway have COVID-19 vaccines are well.

COVID-19 is a highly infectious illness. Local and state health officials continue to urge all Oregonians to take steps to protect those who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Those considered “high risk” include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart problems, kidney disease or diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system.

To help control the spread of the illness, those not yet vaccinated are urged to limit travel, avoid gatherings and make a plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.

We ask all county residents to be extra mindful of choices in regards to gatherings and to follow current public health guidance to slow the spread of the COVID-19:

  • Follow guidance on face coverings.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Keep 6 ft. of distance from those not in your immediate household.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
For more information, go to www.tilllamookchc.org

About Tillamook County Community Health Centers
TCCHC has been a Federally Qualified Health Center since 1994, providing medical, dental, behavioral and public health services. Please visit our website at https://tillamookchc.org/ or on Facebook at TillamookCHC.