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JOHN DAY — COVID-19 has ended the lives of two more Grant County residents.

The county’s 11th and 12th COVID-related fatalities were an 86-year-old man and an 81-year-old woman, the Grant County Health Department announced on Monday, Oct. 11.

The department noted that both had underlying medical conditions and died at different regional hospitals.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, the 86-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2 and died at the Boise Veterans Administration Hospital on Friday, Oct. 8.

No additional details were immediately available about the death of the 81-year-old woman.

As of Monday, Oct. 11, Oregon’s death toll from the disease was 4,002. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the nationwide total of COVID-19-related deaths stands at 715,000.

The health department continues to encourage all residents to take the following precautions:

  • Wear a mask indoors and wear a mask outdoors if 6 feet of distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home when feeling ill.

When someone contracts COVID-19, if they develop symptoms, they will usually appear within 14 days. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea



Steven Mitchell is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. Contact him at steven@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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