9 dead in Tri-Cities area from coronavirus-related complications

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The Benton-Franklin Health District announced Thursday that nine people have died from the coronavirus in the Tri-Cities area.

The two most recent deaths involve two Benton County men in their 90s.

There are  223 cases in the region — 167 in Benton County and 56 in Franklin County. Seventy-six of those cases involve residents and employees at long-term care homes.

Forty-two cases involve healthcare facility employees, which includes employees at long-term care homes.

Visit the health district’s COVID-19 web page for the latest information.

Previous day’s coverage: Tri-City health officials: 189 coronavirus cases, 7 deaths

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