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.
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.
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.
Health officials representing Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties say social distancing is enough to safeguard people from coronavirus and that government-mandated orders to stay home shouldn’t be necessary.
People in 34 nursing homes and other long-term care centers in Oregon are suspected of having the new coronavirus, state officials said Tuesday.
Oregon state and county health officials on Tuesday reported 19 new cases of the novel coronavirus, more than doubling the previous day’s tally of eight and bringing the number of known COVID-19 patients in the state to 66.
Two Clark County residents who contracted the coronavirus died Monday night, public health officials said.