No one knows what will happen in Oregon, but if the exponential spread of the coronavirus isn’t stopped, the picture won’t be pretty.
Oregon now has a total of 36 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced six new presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus as of 10:30 a.m. today.
As the U.S. battles to limit the spread of the highly contagious new coronavirus, the number of health care workers ordered to self-quarantine because of potential exposure to an infected patient is rising at an exponential pace.
A possible coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm the nation’s hospitals and force doctors into difficult decisions about how to allocate limited resources. Yet, experts say, only a handful of states have done the work necessary to prepare for such worst-case scenarios.
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Oregon state regulators have a blueprint to prevent coronavirus from sweeping through a long-term care facility as it did in Washington state, where 10 people have died.