Nearly one out of every 20 visits to an Oregon emergency department during the past week has involved a patient with COVID-19-like symptoms, according to data from the Oregon Health Authority.
She knew it wasn’t a good idea and her daughter would disapprove. Nonetheless, Barbara Figge Fox, 79, recently went to four stores in Princeton, New Jersey, to shop for canned goods, paper towels, fresh fruit, yogurt, and other items.
As the novel coronavirus snaked its way across the globe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early February distributed 200 test kits it had produced to more than 100 public health labs run by states and counties nationwide.
Gov. Kate Brown, under fire for the ambiguous guidelines she issued Friday on social distancing, issued a more definitive order Monday morning that establishes legally enforceable restrictions on public activity.
Hospitals in Oregon could need an additional 1,400 beds by April 16 due to the growing number of people expected to contract the coronavirus and previously infected individuals becoming ill, according to modeling constructed by OHSU and presented to lawmakers Friday.
As Oregon prepares for a surge of seriously ill coronavirus patients, state health officials have stopped disclosing vital information that would tell Oregonians how bad the outbreak is.