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Washington County resident is Oregon’s first presumed novel coronavirus case

Coronavirus news conference Patrick Allen, Gov. Brown, Jennifer Vines 2-28
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Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen, Gov. Kate Brown and Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines at Friday evening news conference on presumptive coronavirus case.

(Update: Washington County resident works at school in Clackamas County)

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority late Friday confirmed its first, presumptive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in a Washington County resident who works at a school in Lake Oswego, public health officials announced.

The person, whose gender and age was not released, experienced symptoms of COVID-19 beginning Feb. 19 and a sample was collected from the individual Friday.

The sample was sent to the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory in Hillsboro, which used a new COVID-19 test kit it received Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lab tested the sample Friday, only hours after it verified the new CDC test kit.

“Our first concern is for this individual, to make sure they’re being cared for and is able to recover,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “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. We said this was a fast-moving situation, and we’ve proved that to be true.”

The case was not a person under monitoring or under investigation, officials said.

OHA said the individual had neither a history of travel to a country where the virus was circulating, nor is believed to have had a close contact with another confirmed case — the two most common sources of exposure. As such, public health officials said they are considering it a likely community-transmitted case, meaning that the origin of the infection is unknown.

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

The person is employed at a school in Clackamas County, Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego, and may have exposed students and staff there. Public health officials will investigate potential exposures there and contact employees and families of children to let them know next steps.

The Lake Oswego School District announced the closure of Forest Hills Elementary School through Wednesday for deep cleaning following the positive test for COVID-19.

OHA epidemiologists are working closely with public health investigators at Washington County Department of Health and Human Services to identify close contacts of the case.

“We are awaiting confirmation of the test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but at this time we are considering this a presumptive case,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, MSed. “The person in now appropriate isolation and appropriate care.”

Two other people in Oregon have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, while one result is pending, officials said on the OHA page for COVID-19

OHA officials continue to recommend people in Oregon take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
  • Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

For more information:

Earlier story:

Oregon ramped up efforts to combat a potential outbreak of coronavirus, and state health officials said possible challenges include delays in getting results of testing for the virus, closing schools, businesses and events, and sustained shortages of medical supplies.

At a hearing in the state Capitol, top health officials heard concerns from lawmakers, and raised some themselves. So far, there have been no confirmed cases in Oregon, though officials are preparing for response to the new virus that causes the disease called COVID-19. Cases have emerged in California to the south and Washington state to the north.

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said all test samples from Oregon must be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

“That delay is not terribly significant because the number of tests being performed is pretty low,” Allen said. “If that starts to increase, that gives people a bigger problem.”

Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, a Democrat from Portland and member of the committee, faulted Republicans, who this week began boycotting the Legislature over a climate change bill, for being absent. One of the bills that have stalled because of the walkout would have better protected immigrants awaiting resolution on their immigration status.

“I do really fear that people who are worried 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. And this can be really dangerous,” she said.

Gov. Kate Brown convened a response team “to ensure we are taking every precaution necessary” and is tasked with coordinating state and local agencies and health authorities.

“The purpose of the Coronavirus Response Team is to ensure we are taking every precaution necessary,” Brown said.

As of this week, 76 people in Oregon were being monitored. Another 178 have completed monitoring without developing symptoms, according to the OHA website. Another two people had developed symptoms of the virus, were monitored, and turned out not to have it.

The CDC said two more Americans tested positive for the virus out of the group of quarantined passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the national total to 62.

The governor’s office said that as with earthquakes and other natural disasters, families should have enough food, water, prescription medications, pet food, sanitation supplies and anything else they would need to shelter in place for an extended period of time if it becomes necessary.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, runny nose, cough and breathing trouble. Most develop only mild disease. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

It has infected 83,000 people globally and caused more than 2,800 deaths, most of them in China.

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  1. Kate Brown (as expected) has the state of Oregon vulnerable to a massive outbreak and has put the state in a woefully prepared situation-

    “challenges include delays in getting results of testing for the virus, closing schools, businesses and events, and sustained shortages of medical supplies”

    She needs to take the same action that President Trump did weeks ago when he heard about the virus- shut down access to our region. President Trump took the bold step of banning certain flights from specific countries- and now the folks at the CDC are praising that decision.

    Currently in the US- it is the Democrat run state of California that poses the biggest risk to the whole of the west coast. Currently California has almost 9000 of their citizens being monitored for the virus with no idea about how many people may be infected in their sanctuary cities- most full of disease ridden homeless camps.

    Kate Brown must shut down our borders immediately- send medical teams to these borders armed with thermometers and Clorox wipes ! Thank God we don’t have self serve gas stations- just imagine how quickly this virus could spread once exposed from a sneeze on the pump !

    Kate needs to turn back any and all California shipments- radiate any money’s coming from California banks- shut down the ports delivering food and materials from both California and China until they are exposed to temperatures that kill the virus.

    Kate Brown has yet to make these decisions to save our state from the “California Commie Cough”- Instead of demanding that our legislators show up for silly nonsense in Salem- she should be sending everyone home for three weeks until this crisis has been averted.

    Right now the coronavirus is not a problem in Oregon- we have no cases- our problem is an ignorant governor putting all of us at risk over Political Correctness! These are dark days indeed as the possible second coming of the plague is at our southern doorstep !

      1. You are free to expand on any point of contention- the floor is yours… just make sure it’s been decontaminated with a hefty dose of Acme Bleach in a Bottle beforehand !

        With Kate at the helm- we’re all doomed !

          1. When you are called out to defend your position, you probably ought to do so, or your case looks weak. Conjecture does not stop disease. Keeping those diseased folks at bay will. I’m not suggesting to leave them to twist in the wind. Quarantine, and intensly focusing our care on a smaller number of victims is how to beat this.

        1. Um you forgot that dear leaaders favorite cheerleaders and top consultants at fox news are claiming nothing is wrong. This is all a conspiracy by democrats and the press to totally exaggerate the danger and to make little lyin donnie look bad!! Like he needs any help with that!! So either you or the “experts” at fox news are completely wrong. Now go be a good little wifey and cook hubby some breakfast!!! Don’t forget your mask!!!

      2. Sensitivity wont save you or your family, or for that matter, any immigrants legal, or illegal. Science will. Stopping the spread will save lives. Stopping folks with the disease at our borders will protect us. This will pass. If I or one of my family members were infected, you better believe I would be all for a quarantine.

    1. barneysgetswish – you have no facts just gibberish. WH Mafia Don sent HHS workers, unprotected to GREET the infected, then those workers dispersed into the public. DUH! WH Mafia Don has his pants down and is flopping around like a fish out of water. The States cannot rely on the Feds these days. No political correctness at all. You seem to want to hear what you want to hear which is really sad.

      1. Move along ‘Malice” and take your CNN talking points with you. Nobody here has listened to Don Lemon or Anderson Doofer in years now- the national news ratings don’t lie- you do !

      2. More facts this morning Malice… three new US cases announced… all three- West Coast ! Oregon-Washington-and of course California are home to the most recent confirmed cases of CV… “Coincidence” ? Hardly ! All three liberal states are owned and operated by the Dumbocrat party- who would like nothing more than to see this sweep across America- just so they can blame the US President- who BTW- has been congratulated by the CDC for putting travel bans in effect almost immediately- a month ago.

        Kate Brown’s travel ban- yet to be announced- what’s she waiting for ? Close the borders already ! Get virus kits and temporary medical shacks up and running in Medford- Portland/Vancouver-Pendleton… all the major inlets to the state should have road blocks and medical checks going on now. But Kate won’t do that- she’ll wait for a full fledged outbreak- and then point fingers- play the blame game- Like You !

      3. Oh bull ****, have you noticed that every election year there is swine flu, H1N1, MERS, SARS, Carona virus 🤔. Yeah it’s all Trump’s fault. Give me a break.

      1. What you also have failed to acknowledge- is that I called it !

        That it was only a matter of time until Kate’s incompetence and California ignorance resulted in an Oregonian becoming infected… now sit back and watch the flood gates open- Kate has been negligent- The President shut down our US borders a month ago- not Kate- she’s living with her head in a constant Portland Oregon rain cloud and can’t see the forest from the trees.

        Dim Witted Kate- the heart and souless face of the Oregon Democrat party is now responsible for two school districts completely shutting down- with dozens more to come !

        I told ya so !

    2. you do realize that your idol Trump fired the national pandemic response chain of command, cut funds for the world health organization, AND cut funds for the centers for disease control ‘cus rich people shouldn’t have to pay taxes – your vacuous ramblings only re-emphasize what a pompous, intellectually lazy wind bag you are

      1. Good gawd- what exactly would your “national pandemic response chain do- besides sponge big bucks off the US taxpayers ? The President on the other hand… Shut down our US Borders to flights out of China ! Maybe you’ve missed all the congratulatory messages to our idol Trump- that it was his quick and decisive action that has kept the US from looking like Italy !

        The rest of your rant is irrational as well- the World Health Organization wouldn’t stop diddly-squat from coming out of China !

        This virus appears to have been developed in a Chinese lab for probable military use… just how does that involve the WHO ? It doesn’t !

        The Chinese unleashed this Frankenstein Monster- and so far our dear leader (bless his heart) is making all the right moves to contain it.

        So stop praying for a modern day plague just so you can win some political brownie points- you intellectually deprived gob of bat goo !

        1. Nope. There you go again, talking about things you don’t understand. The airlines were happily shutting there own routes before the bag of fecal bone spurs even would admit there was a problem. Keep talking though. Your stupidity is still mildly amusing.

      2. He’s incapable of any type of rational, cognitive thought. Was waiting for the rant blaming this virus on the liberals and he came through as expected although I’m disappointed that he didn’t claim it was only a common cold but then that doesn’t play well with all the conspiracy garbage.

        1. Actually Martian- lets clarify my position here- nobody is blaming liberals for the virus- but we are blaming liberal policies for the uncontrolled spread of the virus- which is undeniable. Bastions of liberal arrogance (primarily California) are at the forefront of the viruses tentacles. California with more than 9000 individuals under surveillance- is the epicenter of the outbreak here in the US- as it sure as hell ain’t Biloxi Mississippi !

          But never fear sugar bottoms- President Trump has us covered. And in combination with the various vaccinations going out this weekend- you can rest assured we’ll all live to see another sunrise. In the meantime- wash your hands- cover your cough- if sick- stay home… yep- pretty much the same advice you would get from Dr. OZ for the common cold !

          1. How stupid are you???? your dear leader proclaimed less than our in his “news” conference that the spread is NOT inevitable. You’re really not follwing him very well sweetie. might you have a touch of the virus!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!

        1. “The president introduced his fiscal year 2021 budget proposal on Feb. 10, just 11 days after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concerns. The spending plan included a 16 percent reduction in CDC funding from the 2020 spending levels.”

    3. The only real action Dump made was to dissolve the program Obama had put in place to respond to situations such as this. Now he’s scrambling to put together a bunch of inept souls who have little or no expertise to respond in an effective manner so he can pass the blame onto them. If Donnie Jr weren’t blood he probably would have been chosen to head it.

    4. Kate and the rest of her liberal comrade’s have no common sense. They aren’t smart enough to be proactive they always will be reactive. You can’t fix stupid.

  2. You are free to expand on any point of contention- the floor is yours… just make sure it’s been decontaminated with a hefty dose of Acme Bleach in a Bottle beforehand !

    With Kate at the helm- we’re all doomed !

    1. Seems we’re doing just fine on the national level screwing things up (or simply not doing anything productive) with The Chosen One looking for a miracle, Pence praying for divine intervention while off begging for bucks, and Donnie Jr claiming that anyone who disagrees with daddy is actively and happily spreading the coronavirus like rose petals at a wedding. Sounds like the Three Stooges.

  3. We expect this overreaction from the media…it sells. Is it too much to hope that our government would not give into the hype but would make it clear that it’s not that big a deal. Simply washing your hands and not touching your face will stop this dead in it’s tracks. Oh yes, and if you want something to over react to, compare the coronavirus stats to those of influenza. Influenza is way worse. Unfortunately much of the public (and most of government) doesn’t use their brain or study the data. They just panic and we all pay for it.

      1. OK Malice- just how many American’s have died from the coronavirus ? Whazzat- “none” you say ? why do you think that is ? Is it because of differences in human biology ? Lifestyles ?? Cultural variances ???

        In short- your strawman argument has just been torched !

  4. So lemme guess- the Moderator finds the discussion of genetic and cultural differences among countries and nationals to be “offensive” ???

    More like flat-Earth promoter if you ask me. Cmon B- it’s science- it will set you free !

    Wait for it….

    1. It seems like you take this message board WAY too seriously, Swishie. Today was a beautiful day. Did you ever once get off of your duff to go outside and enjoy it? Spending all day here, every day, working yourself into a froth defending Trump and trolling Barney seems like it would be a miserable existence. Barney cares more about you than Trump ever will.
      I could be wrong, But I’m not.
      Carry on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on…

      1. Au Contraire Grumbly one- it is you that takes this message board way too seriously. I am simply able to work from home especially in the winter) and on days that are nice- that means on the back porch- where I engage various companies on two different continents. And in between board meetings and sales calls I amuse myself with the local goings on here in CO… Certainly not a miserable existence. I feed the local animals- bake biscuits- coach youth sports- and take time out for a daily nap- which recent studies indicate is a truly important component to a healthy and productive life.

        https://www.studyfinds.org/suvey-people-who-nap-regularly-are-more-productive-than-non-nappers/

        So consider yourself wrong on all accounts- I’m not miserable- Trump cares for me- Barney tolerates me… and all is right in the world !

        1. What company would have an idiot like you on their board? I sit on several boards and own a few companies. Most of the time we look for people who can write a clear sentence in English at a minimum. It’s also pretty essential that they string these sentences together in order to form a cogent thought. Now, I do believe that you are one of those idiots who feeds the animals. I hope you’re also lying about spending any time with kids. That’s the stuff nightmares are made of.

          1. “I sit on several boards and own a few companies”

            Sure you do. It takes several boards to build a park bench and if you consider “collecting cans and bottles from the roadside ditches” a company- who I am to argue.

            So here’s a standard Fortune 500 corporate board member quiz for you.
            *where does the most important person in the room sit?*
            -When doing business with Americans
            -When doing business with Arabs
            -When doing business with Asians

            Feel free to ask the local park pigeons for help- because unless you’ve actually engaged any of these groups- you have no idea what you are talking about.

            1. I absolutely feel no need to answer your idiot questions which would take any six year old just a few minutes with google. I will tell you that if you assume all “Americans” are the same and should be dealt with as such….. Well, again, one doesn’t have to examine your statements too closely to find the inherent ignorance.

        2. If you value Dump’s “caring” so much I’d have to conclude that you’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel. All he “cares” about is how much money he can make off of you buying those hats or ties, how much money he can charge the government to support his golf trips, and your vote.

          1. You do realize that President Trump “donates” the whole of his $400,000 annual salary to various groups.

            A far cry from the now failed venture known as the “Clinton Foundation”

            1. Simply a PR stunt and “smoke and mirrors” diversion from his schemes to rip off the government and spend taxpayer $$$ selfishly, which you appear to have gotten sucked into. Do you realize that Dump has made over $100 million from the taxpayers with his resorts when he goes golfing (something he said he wouldn’t do because he’d be too busy with running the country)? At least Obama used military golf courses most of the time the (relatively) few times he would go.

              Compared to his total money-making scheme Dump’s “charity” donation is proportionally less than what most people give to various nonprofits.

  5. Hey barneygetshiswish, I’m with you on 95% of your comments. Keep it up. I comment a lot, but really just shake my head most of the time. I know what I believe in, and don’t really care to debate it with those who don’t agree. The liberal Democrats want exactly the opposite of President Trump, go figure. Barney only puts CNN articles on KTVZ, so that is their view. I don’t agree, I will post my disagreements, the same people always seem to disagree. We are America, Trump 2020.

    1. I don’t ‘put’ the articles on KTVZ, our company which has stations across the West has contracted with the CNN wire, which feeds the articles automatically. (When a story is missing, yes, that’s where I cut and paste from, for the same reason.) I don’t believe other networks offer a similar service, and general wire services like AP are very pricey, especially if you want more than the truncated rip-and-read broadcast wire.

    2. I would have to concur- I too agree on only about 95% of the stuff I write- the rest is just poking the bear to see what it does… I mean really- “the current coronavirus will eventually morph into a Zombie apocalypse” ??? Yeh- I wrote it- and actually got some pretty funny responses.

      In any case- on President Trump- if anyone wants to really know the guy- just look at his children and acknowledge what fine outstanding people they “all” have turned out to be.

      Ivanka can walk into a room and the place just goes dead quiet ! her grace- her beauty- so well spoken… nothing like Chelsea Clinton who barges in with that baboon butt red “Maybelline” lipstick and starts shouting down all things President Trump !

      Donald Jr. is just as poised and articulate as a seasoned politician- focusing on the good- trying to ignore the naysayers. Try that with Hunter (deer in the headlights lookin’) Biden ! Stammers around eye-ballin’ the ladies with a rum and coke in his hands !

      As for Barney below… in the end he’s a good egg lookin’ for a warm spot to incubate ! He knows he’s powerless to make significant change- and simply rolls around the barnyard trying not to get stepped on or pushed into a cow pie !

      So- some of us- like “oldkid” and myself will continue to fight the good fight whenever we can- the rest can just go suck a tater green !

  6. … and DJT, nominally President of the United States of America, now claims that the new coronavirus is a hoax perpetrated by the Democrats. One can only marvel at the idiocy of the man.

    1. You stop marveling at him pretty soon. One idiot is only so remarkable. It’s his legions of slack jawed Nazi Youth and their absolute refusal to remove their heads from their fundaments that really amazes!

    2. “a hoax” ? Interesting because this morning the headlines scream- “Americans ! Stop buying masks- they are unnecessary- CDC” !

      The Demon-rats politicized the beejeebers out of this virus to the point that folks like you stock-piled N95 masks- Clorox wipes- and rubber gloves !

      Wake up- you been conned ! ‘That” is the hoax buddy- and yer being played by the Dumbokrat party that will grasp a-hold of any paper straw that they think might bring down DJT ! They been rooting for the collapse of the economy- rooting for Russian Collusion- Rooting for Impeachment without a crime- Now they have invested- gone all in- for a seasonal virus- anything to bring about death and destruction in America- just so they can stand on a platform and gloat !

      The only illness threatening America today is Trump Derangement Syndrome- you best get yours checked out today !

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