There are now 39 cases of novel coronavirus in Oregon as of 11am Sunday. The Oregon Health Authority announced three new cases including one involving a staff member at the Oregon Veteran’s Home in Lebanon where nine residents have tested positive. The employee is in isolation.
Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs and OHA are coordinating prioritized testing for residents and staff at the veteran’s home.
The other two cases have been identified in Yamhill and Deschutes County. Both are believed to be community transmissions.
“I know it’s difficult to learn that we are seeing more active community spread of COVID-19, but this is something we’ve been expecting,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed, State Health Officer and Epidemiologist, OHA Public Health Division. “It’s a good reminder to take steps to protect yourself, and vulnerable friends and family members, by washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home and away from others if you’re sick.”
Officials continue to urge Oregonians to take steps to protect themselves and those most at risk.