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Othello resident's death attributed to COVID-19


Last updated 8/21/2020 at 5:14pm

RICHLAND — Adams County County Health Department announced August 20 that a 45-year-old Othello resident has died due to a COVID-19 viral infection. The male died August 15 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, according to Community Health Director/Public Information Officer Karen Potts.

"This brings the total number of COVID-related deaths in Adams County to six, all within just over three weeks," Potts said.

The Health Department is asking Adams County residents to "do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19."

"It is more important than ever to follow guidelines to protect others, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities," Potts said. "Please wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public, limit the size of social gatherings, and think carefully about personal decisions to socialize outside of your households."

Potts reminded those who are recovering from COVID-19 at home to remember that complications of the virus can become life threatening in a short period of time.

"Contact your medical provider if you think you are getting significantly worse, and seek medical care immediately if your symptoms become more severe," Potts said.

August 20 saw 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Othello, according to Adams County Health Department officials. The highest number of new cases per day in Adams County was 40, on July 29. As of August 20, three people with COVID-19 had been hospitalized. Out of a running total of 540 positive cases, 434 have totally recovered.

Adams County Health Department officials announced nine new cases Friday, August 21. One is in Ritzville, and eight are in Othello.


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