PORTLAND, Ore. — The first presumptive case of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was identified in Oregon on Friday, February 28 in Washington County, after several days of tense watching and waiting as cases appeared in neighboring Washington and California.
To keep you informed, here’s everything that’s happened since then, with daily updates from state and local health officials.
Thursday, March 12
- Public health officials announce three new presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total up to 24. One case was a man between the ages of 25 and 54 in Clackamas County, the first in that county. He was in close contact with a previous case, officials said. The others were both women older than 55 in Washington County who had “no known close contacts” with other confirmed cases, marking more cases of community spread.
- At a press conference on Thursday morning, Governor Kate Brown and state health officials detail new statewide policies — including a moratorium on gatherings of more than 250 people in the state for four weeks.
Wednesday, March 11
- In a video updated posted on Wednesday morning, Governor Kate Brown reveals that six of Oregon’s COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized. She also outlines new state guidelines for long-term care facilities that would restrict visitation in order to limit residents’ exposure to coronavirus.
- Oregon health officials announce four new presumptive cases in the state, bringing the total up to 19. The new cases are reportedly in Polk, Marion, Umatilla, and Deschutes counties and represent further examples of community spread.
- Later in the day, officials revealed two more presumptive cases in a group veterans’ home in Lebanon, Oregon.
- Governor Kate Brown released a statement Wednesday night outlining “urgent new rules” throughout the state in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Tuesday, March 10
- A new presumptive case of COVID-19 is identified, the first in Multnomah County. This brings Oregon’s total up to 15 cases spread across seven counties.
Monday, March 9
Sunday, March 8
Saturday, March 7
- Oregon officials identify four new presumptive cases of COVID-19, three of them in southern Oregon. All three of those cases are said to be travel-related, not examples of community spread.
Wednesday, March 4
Monday, March 2
- Officials announce a third presumptive case of COVID-19 in Oregon, this one in a resident of Umatilla County. The person is hospitalized in Washington state while authorities work to track down and clean areas they had recently visited.
Sunday, March 1
Friday, February 28
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- Tesla asks employees to resume production at Fremont car plant despite coronavirus health orders – CNBC
- Major health groups and charities urge Trump to reverse World Health Organization funding decision – CNN
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- Analysis | The Health 202: Los Angeles is racing to discover the true coronavirus infection rate – The Washington Post
- Some Public Health Officials Not Releasing Coronavirus Hospitalizations : Shots – Health News – NPR
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- El Paso virus cases jump to 35 as health leaders warn of increased risk of ‘community spread’ – KVIA El Paso