Oregon hospitals are preparing for a potential influx of patients infected with coronavirus, though they’ve released scant details but at least one hospital has started to isolate rooms for patients.
A third Oregonian has tested positive for coronavirus and is hospitalized in Washington state as public health officials in two states work to notify anyone who may have come into contact.
An outbreak of coronavirus disease in a nursing home near Seattle is prompting urgent calls for precautionary tactics at America’s elder care facilities, where residents are at heightened risk of serious complications from the illness because of the dual threat of age and close living conditions.
A second Oregonian has tested positive for coronavirus as public health officials scramble to identify those who came into contact with the first person in Oregon diagnosed with the respiratory disease.
Clark County Public Health is monitoring 12 people for potential coronavirus.
None of the 12 people have exhibited coronavirus symptoms and therefore have not been tested, but they’re being watched due to recent travel activity.
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Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced the creation of a coronavirus response team to coordinate the state’s preparations for a possible outbreak of the respiratory disease in Oregon.
Oregon announced its first case of coronavirus on Friday evening, becoming the last state on the West Coast to have at least one infection. There are multiple cases in Washington state and California but the source of the infection in this case, like two in California, is a mystery.
Just weeks into the federal government’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, a new California case has exposed weaknesses in the testing procedures that could be masking more widespread reach of the disease.
The Oregon Health Authority is currently monitoring 76 people for coronavirus among about 250 potential cases.