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Oregon Resident Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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Oregon health officials announced Friday the state has its first presumed case of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus. And they don’t know how or where the patient contracted the virus.

Oregon Health Authority Director, Dr. Pat Allen, says the patient tested positive on Friday using the kits sent to states this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state is awaiting confirmation of the test results from the CDC.

Allen says the patient worked at Forest Hills Elementary in the Lake Oswego School District. They are now isolated at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro. Dr. Allen says the top priority is retracing the patient’s recent whereabouts.

“We’re also working with Washington County and Clackamas County Public Health authorities to conduct contract tracing to notify people that may have been in contact and offer health guidance,” said Allen.

Allen says they are awaiting test results for a second person who has symptoms. There is no connection between the two cases.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown reasurred the public at a press conference Friday evening that they are taking this very seriously. The announcement of the first presumed case of Coronavirus in the state came just hours after Gov. Brown created a coronavirus response team that includes Oregon State Police, Oregon Military Department and Oregon Health Authority. Brown said they will be working throughout the weekend to track down individuals who may have had contact with the infected patient.

There is additional information about the state's monitoring and testing of suspected COVID-19 cases by calling 2-1-1 or by visiting the Oregon Health Authority's website.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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