A third presumptive positive case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has appeared in Oregon, according to state health officials Monday morning.
The Oregon Health Authority announced just after 10 a.m. that an adult who lives in Umatilla County tested positive for the disease and is hospitalized in Walla Walla in Washington State. This case is not linked to travel and is considered a case of “community transmission,” according to a release from OHA
“Preliminary reports indicate the Oregon resident attended a youth basketball game at a gymnasium at Weston Middle School” on Saturday, the release said. The school is at 205 E. Wallace St. in Weston.
Athena-Weston School District closed the gym to conduct a “deep cleaning out of an abundance of caution,” the release stated. Because the gym is detached from the rest of the school building, health officials do not consider the school building to pose any risk of exposure to the disease.
On Sunday, the OHA announced the second case to appear in the state is “an adult household contact” of the Washington County resident who last week was confirmed to have the virus. The second person is not hospitalized and is recovering.
OHA said Sunday 19 people with COVID-19 symptoms have been tested. There are 86 people in Oregon who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but still are being monitored who may have been exposed through close contact with a confirmed case or from travel to mainland China, according to OHA.
The first COVID-19 case in Oregon is an employee at a school in Clackamas County, spent time at Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego and may have exposed students and staff there, according to OHA. The Lake Oswego School District has canceled school at the elementary through Wednesday.
After receiving the positive test result from the second case, public health officials are now working to establish who the individual may have come into contact with and notify them.
This story will be updated. Reporter Jordyn Brown contributed to this report.
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