PORTLAND, Ore— Oregon Health Authority and Washington County Health Authority held a media call on Sunday night, confirming a second positive case of COVID-19, in Oregon. It also confirmed that 86 people across the state of Oregon are being monitored.
Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon State Health Officer, said the second person identified with a positive case is isolated at home, and the first person remains hospitalized.
Governor Kate Brown convenes the Coronavirus Response Team (Gov. Kate Brown Press Office / My Oregon News).
The CDC will be rerunning all positive tests to confirm.
It was also confirmed that eight tests came back negative on Sunday, and there are still six tests to process on Monday.
Sidelinger also said that Oregon expects the number of cases to increase and will respond accordingly to help control the spread of the virus.
OHA also confirmed that the state has 1500 coronavirus test kits to use, and those are getting replenished by the CDC as they get used. 80 of the kits are able to be tested daily. The tests can take three to four and a half hours to run. The state can run 20 batches at the same time.
Sidelinger said people should feel safe sending children to school tomorrow, and for the next week. Sidelinger also reminded people to take the basic steps for the prevention of illness, like washing hands and staying home if feeling ill.
Sidelinger said that mild symptoms could be treated as a normal illness. If you have mild symptoms, he suggested you manage those symptoms at home. He also said that more serious illnesses and symptoms warranting medical attention should get that attention.
Sidelinger also said that most coronaviruses don’t live long on surfaces. During the call, he confirmed that it normally does not live for longer than an hour, on surfaces. Routine disinfectants work against it.
Because the current presumptive case of COVID-19 is affiliated with a local school, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education partnered to create an “Information for Families and Schools” Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. Additional updated information, including daily tracking of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) is available at www.healthoregon.orgcoronavirus.
The public is encouraged to find additional information through these resources:
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