The Lund Report
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.
The number of infected staff members at Oregon Health & Science University crept up again on Wednesday, as did the number of COVID-19 patients being treated at OHSU Hospital.
Companies with experience in the “at-home” testing market began announcing in mid-March that they would be offering direct-to-consumer test kits for COVID-19.
With panic running high and tests at hospitals and doctors’ offices hard to come by, the appeal was obvious.
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In recent weeks, Providence Health & Services has run online ads showing the cheerful face of Dr. Jill Gelow, medical director of the company’s heart transplant program.
Health care workers across Oregon are pleading for help boosting the state’s supply of personal protective equipment to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Four hospital systems in the Portland area have employees infected with COVID-19, including Oregon Health & Science University, where the number remains small but is edging up as more test results come in.
A handful of staff at Oregon Health & Science University have tested positive for COVID-19.