COVID-19 Response: 20th and 21st COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Tillamook County

TILLAMOOK, Ore. — On September 13, 2021, Tillamook County Public Health Department was notified of the 20th and 21st Tillamook County residents 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 3.5 weeks, we nearly quadrupled the number of COVID deaths in Tillamook County, raising the death toll from 5 to 21.

Tillamook County’s 20th COVID-19 associated death is a 66-year-old man from Tillamook County who died on Sept. 09 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR. He had underlying health conditions.

Tillamook County’s 21st COVID-19 associated death is a 45-year-old woman from Tillamook County who died on Sept. 11 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, OR. She had underlying health 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.

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.