As with everything covid right now — testing, vaccinations and hospital capacity — ramping up contact tracing has become a race against time as new, more contagious variants of the virus threaten to accelerate transmission of the disease
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Oregon Health & Science University told The Lund Report it has identified a case of the variant that first emerged in Britain, following earlier announcements by the state of three cases.
Fewer than 100 infections from the strain have been identified in the United States yet federal officials worry it could be the dominant form of the virus by March.
Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced new coronavirus risk levels for counties across the state, shifting three additional counties on the coast and in eastern Oregon to the highest concern level.
People who are obese face a high risk of complications from COVID-19 but experts hope that they'll be protected along with people who have diabetes or high blood pressure, for example.
More than 570 blood samples collected by the American Red Cross in Oregon between Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, had antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.
The emerging information about COVID-19 and a political environment that has sown misinformation and rendered science partisan have added to the difficulting of testing for the disease.
Testing centers are facing an overload of demand, and even if people get a negative test, that doesn't mean they won't carry the virus home to their families.