Marion County Learns of First COVID-19 Related Death & Oregon Reports 26 New Cases

Posted on March 21, 2020

News Release from Marion County

March 20th, 2020 6:36 PM

Salem, OR – We are saddened to report the death of a community member from COVID-19. Commissioners Willis, Brentano, and Cameron express their deepest sympathies with the individual’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Marion County Health and Human Services continues to take necessary, carefully considered steps to slow down the spread of the disease and to protect those at greatest risk. Our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our community. It is critical that individuals and organizations take action to slow the spread of the virus and follow the guidance and recommendations from health care professionals.

Commissioner Colm Willis, chair, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask everyone to continue to take necessary precautions to minimize your exposure to COVID-19.”
We empathize with those in our community who have been impacted the COVID-19 outbreak.

For the family’s privacy, Marion County will not be releasing any patient information.

Oregon reports 26 new COVID-19 cases

Meanwhile, Oregon Health Authority reported 26 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 114, as of 8:30 a.m. today, March 20. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Deschutes (2), Grant (1), Linn (1), Marion (4), Multnomah (5), Union (1), Washington (6), Yamhill (2). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website:


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