TILLAMOOK COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS COVID-19 Response: 18th COVID-19 Death Reported in Tillamook County; 112 cases in five days – September 07, 2021

As we wrap-up Summer and prepare to move into Fall, we ask all of the community to continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask in indoor settings and in outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible, wash hands frequently, stay home if ill, and make a plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if eligible.
In the first few days of September (1 -5) there has been 112 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 new death that occurred on September 6th, raising our death toll to 18.
We grieve with you all, for all of the lives lost, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences during this difficult time.
Our vaccine rate does continue to increase each week, and our test positivity rate dropped to 16.9%.

Tillamook County Public Health Department was notified of the 18th 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 more than tripled the number of COVID deaths in Tillamook County, raising the death toll from 5 to 18.
Tillamook County’s 18th COVID-19 associated death is a 86-year-old man from Tillamook County who died on Sept. 6th at Adventist Health Tillamook. He 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.

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.

Wondering if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine? Here are some benefits to it!
You can find more information about COVID-19 vaccines by visiting: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/…/le3647.pdf
If you still have questions or concerns, talk with trusted sources in your life such as your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
When you are ready to make the choice, our vaccine clinic is ready for you. Drop by the Tillamook County Fairgrounds Convention Center from 9 am – 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the month of September and October to get your vaccine. Pfizer (comirnaty), Moderna and Johnson and Johnson are all available.


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.

Find the COVID-19 updated data here: https://tillamookchc.org/coronavirus/covid19-case-tracking/