By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Yamhill County

The Oregon Health Authority on Saturday said a 73-year-old woman with underlying health conditions tested positive for COVID-19 on July 26 and died on July 30 in McMinnville at Willamette Valley Medical Center. She was Oregon’s 324th COVID-19 death.

The county health department said the twelfth death was a person in their 80s, but provided no additional details.

Monday’s update was the first in the county since Friday morning.

Cases increased in every age group, and the vast majority of new cases — 41 of 49 — were reported in McMinnville.

Sources who wished to remain anonymous told the News-Register myriad COVID-19 cases have been associated with members of the Abundant Life Pentecostal Church in McMinnville. Calls to the church were not answered. Yamhill County Public Health did not answer requests by press time for information about a church-related outbreak.

Statewide, from Saturday through Monday, 881 new cases and six deaths were reported, including the two in Yamhill County.

As of Monday, the state was reporting 19,366 cases of the disease, and 328 deaths. It said there have been 18,355 positive tests statewide; the remainder are “presumptive,” meaning the people have been in contact with a diagnosed case and are showing symptoms, but have not yet been tested.

With new cases skyrocketing nationwide, the state has warned it is again experiencing long delays in obtaining test results.

While there were new cases in every age group in the county over the weekend, the largest increase was among those 80 or older, as 13 new cases were reported.

Children and teenagers, however, remain the largest group overall, with 82 cases.

Of the total 385 cases, 378 have been confirmed, and seven are presumptive.

The county reports that over the course of the pandemic, 28 people have been hospitalized at some point in their illness, and 297 have not; the status of the remaining 60 is unknown.

Rock Of Ages Mennonite Homes in McMinnville has been added to the state’s list of care homes with restricted entry because at least one resident and staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Brookdale Hillside in McMinnville is on the state’s list of care homes where at least one staff member has tested positive for the disease. 

On Friday, OHA announced that a judge had issued new injunctions blocking the public charge immigration rule during the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that immigrant families can obtain health care. The rule may deny green cards to immigrants who use public services.

“This will allow immigrant communities across Oregon and the rest of the country to access critical health care and public benefits during the current health crisis,” OHA said.

Patrick Allen, OHA’s director, said the rule had worsened health disparities, especially for the Latinx community, “at a time when they are most hard hit by the lethal coronavirus.

“Here in Oregon, many immigrant families decided not to access public benefits, even leaving their children without health insurance,” he said.




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