Twelfth Death Related To Flagstone Outbreak & First Hood River County COVID Death Reported

The North Central Public Health District reported Wednesday that a 12th person connected to the COVID-19 outbreak at Flagstone Senior Living in The Dalles has died, and Hood River County has reported its first COVID fatality.  The North Central district indicated the person who died in the Flagstone outbreak passed away on Monday at a Portland hospital, with the Oregon Health Authority confirming an 80-year-old Wasco County woman died that day at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.  The OHA said she had underlying conditions.  Hood River County Health Department Health Officer Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg said in a Facebook post the death in Hood River County was a person in their 90’s.  The OHA has not yet offered further details.        The deaths connected to Flagstone have occurred among residents of the facility’s memory support unit, where all 30 residents tested positive for COVID-19, along with staff and family of staff.  All memory support unit residents were transferred to Emerson House Portland, a facility that specializes in Memory Care and has a dedicated COVID-19 wing.  The district says that was done to ensure the appropriate level of care is available to those residents, as Flagstone has experienced staffing shortages in the wake of the outbreak.  Wasco County has now had 15 deaths related to COVID-19.

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