September 24, 2020
EAST WENATCHEE – Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) reports an additional death from COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in Chelan County to 16, and seven (7) in Douglas County. The Chelan County resident was a male in his 40s. The Health District’s total COVID-19 deaths is now 23.
The Washington State Department of Health constitutes a COVID-19 death as a death occurring among those who have a positive COVID-19 test who did not die in a homicide, suicide, or accident (with the exception of accidental deaths that explicitly list COVID-19 on the death certificate). The death certificate must also include COVID-19 or COVID-like terms (such as respiratory distress, pneumonia, respiratory failure, hypoxia, viral illness, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS – with no other strain specified) as a cause or contributing factor to the death.
CDHD would like to remind everyone of the importance of all public health precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone can have COVID-19 and not know they are contagious. COVID-19 is easily spread to close contacts, friends, family and loved ones before a person knows they are unintentionally spreading the virus. Please do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, continue to mask-up, social distance and avoid group gatherings.