A fifth Wallowa County resident has died with COVID-19.

The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday morning, March 4, reported the death of a 47-year-old man from the county, who was among 27 COVID-related fatalities that the OHA announced in its latest report. The individual died on March 2 at Portland's Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, according to the report — more than a month after testing positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 25. The man had underlying conditions.

Wallowa County has reported 142 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started a year ago. The fifth death moves the fatality rate of confirmed cases in the county to 3.5% — 2.5 times the state rate.

The state so far has reported 2,252 COVID-related deaths out of the 156,287 cases. There also have now been more than 1 million doses of the vaccine administered.

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