North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) learned last week that the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has added one COVID-19 death each to the Wasco County and Sherman County totals. The deaths occurred last December and January, and each happened in another state.
That brings Wasco County’s total death count to 31, and Sherman County’s to 2. The OHA announced earlier it was adding a number of previous deaths to the state’s totals.
We are saddened to report these deaths and our condolences go out to these families, and the families of all who have lost loved ones to this pandemic.
These deaths occurred last winter, before vaccines were widely available to the public. Our latest data from NCPHD shows how highly protective the vaccines are. In June, 36 of the 37 people who got COVID in Wasco County were unvaccinated.
Even as the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 rapidly spreads, the vaccines continue to remain effective at preventing illness, hospitalization and death.
Vaccines are now widely available at local pharmacies, local doctor’s offices, One Community Health and at NCPHD. To schedule a vaccine appointment at NCPHD, please call 541-506-2600.