Third COVID-19 related death reported


Baker County regrets to report that the Oregon Health Authority has given notice of a third COVID-19 related death of a Baker County resident. Our hearts go out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one.

The Oregon Health Authority reported on October 22, “Oregon’s 636th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man in Baker County who tested positive on Oct. 4 and died on Oct. 18, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Idaho. He had underlying conditions.”

Nancy Staten, Baker County Health Department Director, says, “I want to extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to the friends and family. This is such a difficult announcement to make. Please stay diligent about taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, it’s absolutely our community’s best defense.”

To protect the privacy and well-being of the family, and to maintain compliance with health information privacy regulations, no further information about the individual will be released by the County. We encourage everyone to be respectful as a family in our community grieves.