First COVID-19 Case In Deschutes County

First COVID-19 Case In Deschutes County

First COVID-19 Case In Deschutes County

The two cases here mark a troubling turn, as an outbreak in a Washington nursing home has been particularly deadly for assisted-living residents.

The Oregon Health Authority today announced Multnomah County's first presumptive positive case of COVID-19.

The affected individuals include one man between ages 55 and 74 and five men aged 75 years or older. When those tests came back negative for the two veterans, they were tested for COVID-19. The team will collect specimen samples for COVID-19 testing from all residents and care providers. Almost all of the residents are older than 70 and about a third are 90 or older.

After someone contracts COVID-19, illness usually develops within 14 days.

"I know it's hard to learn that we are seeing more active community spread of COVID-19, but this is something we've been expecting", said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed, health officer and state epidemiologist, OHA Public Health Division.

"The safety and well-being of our residents and staff is our highest priority", Fitzpatrick said. Also on Tuesday the OR state lab received eight additional testing kits from the CDC, which allows for testing of up to 4,800 people.

Officials could not explain why the samples were not originally slated to go to the state lab.

"We are not going to isolate and quarantine our way out of this pandemic", Dr. Vines said. Currently, the state lab is only testing the most extreme cases because of limited resources.

"Jonathan Modie, a state spokesman, said in an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive that part of the guidance is also physician discretion" about who can be tested, including age and underlying conditions.

Muth said the Veterans Home's medical director is "conscientious", which helped in the discovery of the virus.

This individual is an older man being treated at Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Neither person is linked to each other or to the first Deschutes County resident who tested positive for the virus, Emerson said.

"Tonight our thoughts are with these veterans and their loved ones", said OHA Director Patrick Allen.

Screen all permitted visitors for respiratory or other symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19, and for recent travel to an affected geographic area or high-risk setting prior to entering the facilities.

On Wednesday, two cases were identified at a veteran's home in Lebanon.

Document the screenings for all visitors. Ron Wyden told The Oregonian/OregonLive recently.

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