The coronavirus pandemic has affected family planning, forcing some people to delay fertility treatments. Fertility providers have laid off staff and cut back on non-urgent treatments to preserve personal protective equipment like masks and gloves. And travel restrictions have further crimped revenues by keeping international patients from flying to the United States for treatment.
While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory problems and securing enough ventilators, doctors on the front lines are grappling with a new medical mystery.
A staff member at the Oregon State Hospital has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Friday.
The Oregon Health Authority did not report at which facility the staff member worked, when the positive case was discovered or whether other staff members had been tested.
Seven pharmacy employees at the Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Kaiser Permanente confirmed the seven employees’ illness today and closed the pharmacy -- the same day The Oregonian/OregonLive inquired about the novel coronavirus breakout.
Depending on the severity of the economic crisis induced by coronavirus, as many as 430,000 Oregonians could lose their employer-sponsored health plans in coming months, and most of those people – 320,000 – would turn to the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid for low-income residents, a new report forecasts.
The rising number of coronavirus cases reported across Oregon each day is saddling hospitals with unparalleled levels of demand for patient care, bed space and medical supplies.
The health care system has changed rapidly to respond to the coronavirus.