By News-Register staff • 

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

 

[Updated 12:45 Monday, March 30] There are now 606 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide, according to the Oregon Health Authority, and there have been 16 deaths. 

Numbers have increased quickly, as more tests became available, however the state is still testing less than one percent of the population.

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[Updated 9:10 a.m. Monday, March 30] Corrected version -- One more person has died in Yamhill County of COVID-19, Yamhill County Public Health announced today on its website, bringing the county's total to three deaths, and 14 confirmed cases. The Oregon Health Authority has so far not updated its totals for the day.

The demographic breakdown in the county is as follows: one person is between the ages of 40 and 49; one is between the ages of 50 and 59 and two are between the ages of 60 and 69. The remaining 9 are 80 or older.

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[Updated 12:20 p.m. Sunday, March 29] The Oregon Health Authority reported today that the state now has 548 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 13 in Yamhill County. There have been 13 deaths in the state, one of which was in Yamhill County.

Nationwide, there have been more than 2,000 deaths. An infant in Illinois who died tested positive for the disease, but the baby's cause of death has not yet been determined.

Generally, the disease has been thought to pose little danger to children, who so far have suffered mild illness, although they can be contagious to more vulnerable adults.

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[Updated 7:35 p.m. Saturday, March 28] The Oregon Health Authority announced today that the state now has 479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 13 in Yamhill County. There have been 13 deaths from the disease in Oregon; the most recent, announced on Friday, was a 93-year-old man from Yamhill County, with significant chronic health problems. He tested positive on March 18, and died March 27, at Providence Newberg Hospital. 

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[Updated 11:40 a.m. Saturday, March 28] Yamhill County health officials said today the county's now has 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases, up from 11 yesterday. Information for the state has not yet been updated for the day.

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[Updated 1:45 p.m. Friday, March 27]

Yamhill County announced Friday that a local resident has died of COVID-19, bringing the state's count to 13.

A 93-year-old man with significant chronic health conditions succumbed to the disease.

“The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners is saddened to report the death of a community member from COVID-19. Commissioners Casey Kulla, Mary Starrett and Rick Olson express their deepest and most sincere sympathies with the individual’s family and loved ones," the county board of commissioners said in a press release.

 

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[Updated 1:05 p.m. Friday, March 27] Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oregon were at 414 on Friday; tripling from a week ago. The Oregon Health Authority reported an additional four cases in Yamhill County -- two more than reported this morning by county Public Health. Both agencies update their pages only once a day. The county's count now stands at 11, according to the OHA. There have been 12 deaths in the state; the most recent was announced today. 

There are now 83 cases in Marion County, and 122 in neighboring Washington County. Polk County is reporting 10 cases.

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[Updated 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 27] Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yamhill County rose to 9 as of this morning. The Oregon Health Authority has not yet updated statewide numbers.

The deomgraphic breakdown of county cases is as follows: one person is between the ages of 40 and 49; one is between the ages of 50 and 59, and one is between the ages of 60 and 69. The remaining six all are 80 or older.

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[Updated 4:40 p.m. Thursday, March 26] 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by another 50 on Thursday, bringing the state total to 316, the Oregon Health Authority said, while Yamhill County remained at seven.

 

The state also saw an 11th death from the disease, of a year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on March 15, and died March 25 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

 

The number of cases in Oregon has more than doubled, in less than a week; on Friday, March 20, the county stood at 114. Since then, the state has been able to increase the number of people being tested.

 

The state remains under orders from the governor to remain home whenever possible, and schools and many businesses are closed.

 

Although the disease has been reported to be most dangerous to people older than 60, a number of confirmed cases are in younger people. According to the Oregon Health Authority, 137 of the confirmed cases are in people 60 or older.

 

Adults between the ages of 30 and 59 comprise another 154 cases, while 19 are in people in their 20s, and five are in children younger than 19.

 

Although several younger adults are hospitalized, including three in their 20s, thus far, all of the deaths in the state have been among people 60 or older.

 

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[Updated 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 25] Oregon now has 266 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Ten people have died of the disease in the state so far; however, none of the deaths have been in Yamhill County.

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[Updated 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 25] Yamhill County now has seven confirmed COVID-19 cases locally, according to county Public Health.

Numerous residents have pleaded on Facebook and other venues for the county to release more information about where the cases are occurring. Public Health reiterated that it does not intend to do so.

"With community spread, we need to remember the disease is in all parts of the county and the advice of social distancing, hand washing and the like would not change even if we knew everything about the patient. Given the small population size of many Yamhill County cities, we are releasing as much information as possible to inform and protect the public, while not divulging any details that could lead to identification of a case," the agency says on its website. 

For more information, visit the Public Health website at https://hhs.co.yamhill.or.us/publichealth.

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[Updated 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24]

Yamhill County, which jumped to six COVID-19 cases over the weekend remained there on Tuesday, while Oregon's total number of confirmed cases increased to 209, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

George Fox University reported on Sunday that one of its undergraduate students had been diagnosed with the disease. The university noted that state health officials are not allowing colleges to release any details, so it remains unknown where the student is, or in what condition.

"We recognize our inability to communicate specifics related to this positive case may cause frustration, and we appreciate your understanding as we adhere to the guidelines provided to us by our governing bodies," the university wrote.

It has asked all students to move out of residence halls and into permanent homes for the duration of the crisis.

Also today, Yamhill County Public Health released new information about which offices and services are available to clients.

According to the agency's Facebook page, where it is releasing information in lieu of press releases, services are available as follows:

Office Hours: Adult Behavioral Health, Family and Youth Program, and Newberg Clinic are open 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

The Abacus House is temporarily closed to the public, but staff are available by phone.

Health screening questions are being asked at all locations, and anyone experiencing symptoms will be rescheduled or offered support by phone. Most routine services are being provided via Telehealth as many providers are working from home. Telehealth sessions can be conducted by phone call, Apple Face Time, Skype, Zoom, etc.

MH and CD Outpatient appointments and groups are temporarily canceled as in-clinic services.

All Abacus and Community Support Services groups and community activities are temporarily canceled.

New Intakes are being triaged by the crisis teams for urgency and most will be scheduled when full clinic services resume.

Housing and Residential programs run by HHS continue to operate but are not allowing visitors at this time.

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[Updated 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 20] COVID-19 cases in Oregon have jumped to 114, and Yamhill County now has four cases diagnosed, the Oregon Health Authority has announced.

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[Updated, 11:32 a.m. Thursday, March 19]

Yamhill County Public Health announced on Thursday that a third case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in the Yamhill. It said that county nurses are working to notify and isolate people who were in close contact with the person.

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A second case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in Yamhill County.

According to the Public Health Facebook page, “Our communicable disease nurses are conducting contact investigations to notify and isolate individuals who were in close contact with the individuals who tested positive in the last 14 days. The individuals who tested positive are self-isolating and complying with public health recommendations.”

The Oregon Health Authority announced on Wednesday that the case was among 10 additional new diagnoses in the state, and that two more people in Oregon have died of the disease, bringing the state’s death toll to three so far.

A 60-year-old woman in Lane County died at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend on March 14, and a 71-year-old man in Washington County died March 17 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. The Lane County resident tested positive for the virus March 17, while the Washington County resident received a positive result on March 16. Both had underlying medical conditions.

They are among a total of 75 people in Oregon who have been confirmed to have COVID-19. The other eight new cases were confirmed as follows: one in Benton county, two in Lane County, four in Marion County, and two in Washington County.

“We are saddened at the news of these additional lives lost in Oregon due to COVID-19,” said Patrick Allen, OHA director. “These deaths only strengthen our resolve to slow the spread of this disease in our communities. We are in this together.”

Washington County Health Officer Christina Baumann, M.D., M.P.H., said, “We are sad to learn of the first death in our county due to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family during this time. We are committed to slowing down the spread of this disease and to protecting those most vulnerable among us.”

County Health and Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin has said she will not release information about people who are diagnosed with the disease.

“We are only releasing case information by county to protect confidentiality,” Manfrin told the News-Register. “Given [the] small population size of many Yamhill County cities, we are releasing as much information as possible to inform and protect the public while not divulging any details that could lead to identification of a case.”

 

Comments

tagup

Sure would be easier for people to make informed decisions if information were available. A general location would not violate privacy law, and withholding that information is counterproductive for a social distancing plan....

Bill B

I agree with Tagup. Identifying the geographic area would not conflict with privacy laws. Come on Ms. Manfrin, do your part!

Joel

I know you guys mean well, but I doubt it would make any difference if we knew where in the county they are. It's quite likely their are hundreds of cases of coronavirus in Yamhill County. Many are without symptoms and many have mild to moderate cold/flu symptoms and most haven't even sought out a test. That's why what really matters is washing hands and avoiding crowds. Trying to avoid Dayton, or Carlton or the West or East side of McMinnville etc. probably isn't a very effective strategy.

tagup

Joel- You make a good point but what’s the advantage of not sharing available relevant information? Claiming Personal Privacy rights ( HIPPA) is a cop out.......Facts will always be preferable over speculation..

bonnybedlam

I'm not normally with these guys on much but tagup and Bill B are right. For me it wouldn't be a matter of avoiding those areas, it's that I want to know when it's identified in my area. I'd appreciate a heads up if there's reason to believe it's in the neighborhood, or someplace I was recently, so I can count back to when I was last out and maybe reckon a timeline for my own potential quarantine. Yamhill County is BIG. People need a more specific map to make any kind of informed decisions.

Joel

I think I see where you're coming from Tag and Bonny. Those are two good points you make. I hadn't thought of it that way.
Their really isn't any upside to withholding info on the general location and as Bonny said, it might give someone a head start on determining if that stuffy nose and cough that is just starting with them might, due to proximity of the confirmed case, need to be tested for corona.

Megan

Given how many people I saw out and about still today, I suggest that another reason for not sharing details about the cases might be to avoid people who might think they're fine as long as they're not in Newberg regularly. As Joel said -- the virus is almost certainly everywhere at this point, and we only know those two cases because they were ill enough to justify testing, NOT because they're the only two who have it.

tagup

.....after the barrage of coverage lately, in every form of media, anyone that thinks their ok because the latest confirmed case is in another town,isn’t paying attention.
withholding information to keep people safe is unlikely to be productive and certainly not in my best interest..

Susan

I agree with Tagup Please post locations

jane

I think what we are seeing is the result of the Board selecting a relatively young and inexperienced HHS Director for our community. At this point she is being overly controlling without taking a broader look at things. Not uncommon for a new director. Let's cut her a little slack, as this is a difficult time. I'm sure, in time, she will learn to serve our community very well.

Megan

@Tagup, If you haven't been out and about recently, I regret to inform you that there are LOT of people who are not paying attention. :(

Katesoren

Jane: i realize a person can be new to a job and not have every facet if job memorized, etc. it just may the person is following rules and regulations. I for one have not investigated regs re this subject. The NR probably must follow also.

tagup

Jane- the community can’t really afford a big learning curve at the moment...

tagup

Megan- I cant control what other people are doing...that’s their decision. I would like as much information as possible to make my own decisions....

Bill B

Can the News Register request a statement from Ms. Manfrin as to why she will not reveal the general location of those diagnosed?

tagup

Any info on the # of tests given in the county?.....I don’t think that would be privileged information.....

John

I agree with everyone that would like a general location of the virus confirmations in this vast County. It would be helpful in trying to figure out if I had been near there and I don't see how HIPPA rights would be violated. If the News-Register prints virus confirmations in the County, I think it should be reported with a general location/town...

macrider

Tagup- This site lists the number of positive and negative test results for each Oregon county, and is updated daily: http://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Jeb Bladine

Bill B:
Our 3/18 story quoted Lindsay Manfrin as declining to release details based on privacy concerns, driven no doubt by HIPPA. Her statement:
“We are only releasing case information by county to protect confidentiality. Given [the] small population size of many Yamhill County cities, we are releasing as much information as possible to inform and protect the public while not divulging any details that could lead to identification of a case.”

debinoregon

Your informed decision needs to consider that the virus is most likely both where you are now and where you are going. Since many people are asymptomatic, they can be shedding virus without knowing it. And knowing where a person was a day or days ago doesn't help at all since they were probably other places as well. So, please stay home if you can. It shouldn't take a mandate to make that decision.

Bill B

So let me get this straight; identifying a positive result in say McMinnville would help identify the person. Really! I guess what I was suggesting that the News Register push public health to help. THey are not helping now.

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