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Coronavirus Prevention Strategies In Place At Lane County Health

CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy

On Thursday, The World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Lane County Public Health got a “crash-course” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to identify the deadly virus.

The point is to educate, not incite panic. That’s the message from Jason Davis with Lane County. He says there are up to seven strains of Coronavirus- that we know of. But only one is of major concern.

“So just because you’ve heard you have Corona from a doctor or medical provider doesn’t mean that you have the “novel” Corona that has been getting media coverage,” Davis said.

Davis says some locals who had recently been to China, returned with upper respiratory infections. Following CDC guidelines, he says they were able to rule out the “novel” Corona.      

Credit Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Lane County Health and Human Services has used guidelines from the CDC to rule out Novel Coronavirus cases locally.

“But it still gave us an opportunity to do a “dry run” so to speak of what we would do if we had an actual case here,” said Davis.

Meanwhile, he warns that Type B Influenza remains the predominant health threat to all Oregonians.  

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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