OR confirms case of coronavirus with no known travel connection

29 Février, 2020, 06:54 | Auteur: Yves Courtet

The case still needs to be confirmed by federal health officials.

"That was certainly a turning point and that's when we heard the CDC change their tone, to realize that we could very well see community spread in the USA", she said.

"There's no reason to panic at all", Western Lane Ambulance District and Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Schick said.

"By using this as a framework, we can scale up if we need to". Most of the more than 60 confirmed cases in the US are tied to people who were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan or people who otherwise traveled overseas. More than 80,000 people worldwide have been infected and about 3,000 have died - majority in China, where the epidemic started.

To learn more about the virus visit the CDC website.

"Currently, it's unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people", the center reported.

The patient began experiencing symptoms on February 19. Symptoms mirror that of influenza, and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Thecoronavirus, also called covid-19, haskilled thousands and sickened many more around the world.

The individual has been isolated and is being cared for at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro.

The state has a stockpile of masks and other protective equipment and can deploy it to hospitals if needed, he said. "Our next priority is finding out who this individual had contact with and make sure they know about their risks, and to let them know how they can get care if they need it. There's still a lot we don't know about this virus", Allen said.

Gov. Kate Brown encouraged people to continue to go about their daily lives and wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and to stay home if sick.

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Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.

Consult travel advisories if you plan to travel outside of the U.S. Staying current on your vaccinations, including the flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.

Public awareness is crucial to preventing the spread of the disease, a statement from Brown's office said.

"I do really fear that people who are anxious about that will not be coming and seek the help they need when they start feeling sick, and they won't show up and get monitored, get tested".

This is the first case of COVID-19 in an Oregonian inside the state.

The CDC came under fire this week over a delay in testing a woman in California for coronavirus because she had not traveled and had no known exposure to someone who had.

If COVID-19 comes to the region, he stated the likely outcomes to the district are twofold: Large-scale absenteeism due to illness and the potential for using district facilities for care centers. Novel corona virus outbreak. "And with the longer latency and transmission windows of this virus, the mandated closures to allow for site preparation and avoid re-infections would be a bit longer". Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.

The state reported that agencies are reviewing readiness plans to ensure the government is able to maintain a continuity of operations and services in the event that coronavirus impacts agency operations.

"We've been expecting this and we are prepared for it", said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority. "Each time, Oregon's public health and health care systems and their partners have found ways to strengthen our collective response".



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