Oregon health officials announced that the state has registered it’s first known fatality due to COVID-19.
The said victim is a 70-year-old man who lived in Multnomah County resident and was hospitalized at Portland’s Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 on March 10, just four days before he died.
He was said to have other health issues.
State and federal health officials refused to answer additional questions about the victim, although Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the man was an “honored veteran” who had served to protect the country’s freedom.
The man had not traveled to another infected country and had not been known to have contact with someone who is a confirmed case.
According to Dr. Jennifer Vines, a Multnomah County Health Officer, the death was a reminder that the virus is in the community and that it could be serious with the elderly and those with “underlying conditions.”
The death came a little over two weeks after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the state.
That said case was involved a Washington County who worked in an elementary school in Lake Oswego.
As of Saturday, 11 Oregon counties have cases of presumed COVID-19.
Brown had ordered a ban on gatherings where there are over 250 in attendance and had suspended classes in public schools for several weeks.
The death raised the number of fatalities in the U.S. to 60.
There are over 2,100 cases in the United States.
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