11th Wenatchee Valley death attributed to COVID-19 pandemic

2019 Novel Coronavirus (Source: CDC)

EAST WENATCHEE — A Douglas County man in his 50s became the 11th Wenatchee Valley resident to die from the novel coronavirus, public health officials said today.

The patient’s passing marked the second local death from COVID-19 reported in the last week. The Chelan-Douglas Health district disclosed the death of the 10th patient, a woman from Douglas County, July 17.

As of Friday, Confluence Health listed 23 patients hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19, seven of them under care in the Central Washington Hospital ICU. All but one are residents of Chelan, Douglas, Grant or Okanogan counties.

All told 1,433 people from Chelan and Douglas counties have tested positive for COVID-19 since the virus arrived in Washington at the start of the year. The health district recorded 30 new diagnoses Thursday, and 336 in the last week.

COVID-19 is an illness attributed to the 2019 novel coronavirus, with primary symptoms including dry cough, fever and respiratory distress. Health experts have advocated social distancing, use of facial masks in public spaces and frequent hand-washing to prevent its spread.