Another COVID-19 death, 16 new cases in Tri-Cities

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Benton-Franklin Health District provided an update midday Friday on the coronavirus outbreak that has now infected more than 1,300 people.

BFHD reported 16 new cases Friday for a total of 1,312 COVID-19 cases in Benton and Franklin counties combined; 36* patients are hospitalized.

“We are also reporting one death which brings the total to 72,” the district wrote on Facebook.

BFHD said on its website that the person who died was a woman in her 70s with underlying causes.

Of the 1,312 cases, close to 80% of them lived at a nursing home, worked at a nursing home or another health-care facility, or worked at Tyson Fresh Meats in Wallula:

Long Term Care/Senior Living Total  301
Long Term Care/Senior Living Residents  183
Long Term Care/Senior Living Staff  118
Tyson Fresh Meats 251
Health Care Workers* 180

Note: Heath Care Workers may also be counted in Long Term Care/Senior Living Facility Staff. A Health Care Worker is anyone involved in direct patient care at a clinic, hospital, or long term care facility and/or those who are potentially exposed to bodily fluids as part of their job. (Source: Benton-Franklin Health District)

*Correction: In a previous version of this article, KAPP-KVEW erroneously stated 253 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. That number represents all patients hospitalized at Kadlec, Trios, Lourdes and Prosser. Only 36 COVID-19/COVID-like patients are hospitalized. The article has been updated; we regret the error.