Three new coronavirus cases bring total to 24 in Oregon

Three new coronavirus cases bring total to 24 in Oregon

Its unclear how they became infected and the cases have been labeled as community spread.

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Kelly Fitzpatrick told reporters in a conference call after the announcement that once the tests of the two veterans came back positive, they were isolated in individual rooms and are being cared for by staff who have had no contact with other personnel in the facility, following infectious disease prevention protocols.

OHA confirmed one new case each in Polk, Marion, Umatilla and Deschutes counties.

With three new cases announced Thursday, there are now 24 people in Oregon who have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the Oregon Health Authority said.

"I can only imagine the concern among the family and friends of this person", said Jennifer Vines, M.D., lead health officer for the tri-county region.

The OHA is continuing to advise that people most at risk of developing life-threatening complications from COVID-19 avoid travel and public gatherings. "And let us all do what we can to minimize the number of other people who must go through this". Those at risk include people older than 60, people with chronic illnesses like diabetes or heart problems, and people with compromised immune systems.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Symptoms mirror those of the flu, including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat and general feelings of illness.

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Its a bleak development for OR because COVID-19 exposure has been deadly in assisted-living homes in Washington, where 24 of that states 29 fatalities have been residents in assisted living.

As testing capacity increases - with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics online, and clinical laboratories at some OR hospitals expected to begin testing by next week - officials expect the number of people who test positive with COVID-19 to rise.

The nursing home samples were fast-tracked by the health authority Wednesday and taken to the state lab for testing after officials learned they had first been directed toward the University of Washingtons lab. We dont know why the decision was made, said Dr. Dawn Mautner, a senior health adviser for the state. "We are working with our partners on mass gathering guidance, at schools, places where people gather and mix, to spread people out. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect our residents and staff, and mitigate the spread of this virus within our facility".

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