By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

First case of COVID-19 shows up in county

The first case of COVID-19 in Yamhill County was announced Sunday, a day after Oregon said it had tallied its first death from the disease.

The Yamhill County case is believed to have originated from the spread of the virus in the community, but no further information had been released. It brought the number of confirmed cases in Oregon to 39.

The Oregon Health Authority is no longer reporting whether patients with the disease are hospitalized.

Currently, the state is waiting for 182 test results, and is monitoring 355 people who have been exposed to the virus. Testing has been expanded to commercial and out-of-state labs, and the state said as a result, it is no longer receiving detailed information about patients.

The city of Dayton has closed its offices to the public because of a possible exposure through an employee.

“Right now there are no confirmed cases at City Hall but there is an employee who is voluntarily self-quarantining,” because of illness, the city announced on its website. “Anyone who has been to City Hall over the past two weeks should take precautions and follow Yamhill County Health and CDC guidance if they have symptoms.

“In an abundance of caution, City Hall will be shut down until further notice.” The notice is also posted in Spanish.

The city of Lafayette has announced it is suspending water disconnections and late fees until further notice, saying it recognizes “the economic hardship that may impact our community during the current public health emergency due to the COVID-19 virus.”

The first coronavirus-related death in Oregon was a 70-year-old Multnomah County man who had been hospitalized at the Portland Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center. He died Saturday.

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