Coronavirus Cases In The State Of Oregon
Currently, there is one presumptive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Oregon. This case is the third instance in the United States where the virus came from unknown origins, being deemed a “community-transmitted” infection.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention will give the green light whether this is a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the next 24-48 hours.
“The person did not recently travel to a country where the virus is circulating and the person is also not believed to have had close contact with another confirmed case, the two most common sources of exposure,” KPTV reports.
Additionally, this individual is an employee in the local Oregon school system, more specifically Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego. Staff and school children may have been exposed, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
Oregon Response Plans
Just hours before the first presumptive case emerged, Oregon state officials announced they would be working overtime to ensure that minimal disruption occurs should COVID-19 hit on a larger scale. Potential challenges being addressed are the possibility of closing schools, businesses, and events, along with a medical supplies shortage, according to Gazette Times.
“State and local authorities are responding quickly to this case,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said at a press conference, adding that people should not panic and continue their daily lives as normal.
Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen also made statements to the media, saying that while the risk of being infected with Coronavirus is low, families should prepare in advance — even if that means stocking up for a potential two-week stay at home.
“The bottom line is, make sure you and your family are prepared,” Allen stated, according to the Oregon Live.