EUGENE, Ore. – A fourth person has died in Lane County in connection with the pandemic, Lane County Public Health announced Thursday afternoon.
A woman in her 70s died Aug. 12 from coronavirus-related causes, officials said. She had been in the hospital before her death.
Officials said she lived in the Eugene-Springfield area.
On Friday, Oregon Health Authority reported the death, adding that the woman had underlying health conditions.
Jana Waterman with McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center issued the following statement:
“A patient in our hospital has died of COVID-19. We want to express our sincerest condolences to this family. Our hearts go out to those in our community who have struggled with this virus and to the families of those who have died. It is truly an unprecedented and emotional time. We cannot comment further due to patient privacy laws.”
The first COVID-19 death in Lane County was a woman who died at RiverBend Hospital on March 14. The second life claimed by the virus in the county was a 59-year-old man from the Eugene-Springfield area who died at a hospital on April 23. Then, a 62-year-old man from rural Lane County died on May 4.