Oregon governor Kate Brown has declared a State of Emergency to address the spread of Coronavirus as seven new presumptive cases have been identified, bringing the state total to 14. According to OHA, of the new cases, one is in Douglas County, one is in Marion County, and five are from Washington County.
Officials say the three of the cases were hospitalized at the time of diagnosis, while the remaining four cases experienced mild symptoms and illnesses and are recovering at home. None of the new seven cases are related to international travel. Four of the five new cases in Washington County are related to contact with previously identified cases, OHA said. The remaining three cases are considered community-acquired.
Brown said Sunday’s emergency declaration gives the OHA and Office of Emergency Management all the resources at the state’s disposal to stem the spread of COVID-19. The state legislature will consider a $5 million emergency fund request to fight COVID-19 in Oregon.
Please remember that the easiest and most effective way to stop the spread of viral contaminants is by simple hand-washing and disinfecting of frequently-touched items such as cellphones.