Lane County Public Health Issues COVID-19 Update
March 10 —
• Lane County has had no positive COVID-19 tests as of 8 a.m. on March 10.
DAILY KEY MESSAGES:
• Is Lane County planning to declare an emergency?
Yes, if it becomes necessary. Over this last weekend, the Governor’s Office declared a state of emergency. This opens up a funding stream for resources and assistance through Oregon Health Authority, which is leading the response efforts with Oregon Emergency Management.
We have prepared declaration documentation so that we can move quickly if we start seeing cases locally or the disease spread changes.
• Can Lane County Public Health provide a work release letter for me or my employees?
No. If you are an official Person Under Monitoring (PUM) for the COVID-19 investigation, Lane County Public Health can work with your employer to clear you to return to work. For all other individuals, Lane County Public Health cannot provide clearance for return to work. Please contact your medical provider. Only your medical provider can order testing for COVID-19.
• Should people avoid large gatherings or public spaces?
Currently, Lane County Public Health is not advising community members to avoid large gatherings or public places. We are currently asking people to use the same caution they would use during flu season when it comes to public spaces.
Individuals with a condition that affects their lungs or breathing (like asthma or COPD) or individuals who are 65+ should always exercise caution regarding large gatherings this time of year.
We recommend all residents 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 at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent 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 the 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 U.S.
OHA Adds 7 New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases:
Health officials work to identify, isolate close contacts to prevent spread
MARCH 9 — Oregon Health Authority (OHA) confirmed seven new presumptive cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, today. OHA also announced actions it is taking to slow the spread of the virus and protect Oregonians, in response to Gov. Kate Brown’s emergency declaration.
“We are prepared to activate an unprecedented state and private effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon by focusing specifically on at-risk populations,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “We want to protect Oregonians at greatest risk of the most severe outcomes of this disease, including older adults, people with underlying conditions, people who are homeless and those who are vulnerable in other ways.”
He said the emergency powers Gov. Brown authorized today (MARCH 9) give OHA more freedom and flexibility to take specific actions to contain the outbreak. These actions include:
• Finalizing agreements with major hospital systems to expand locations where COVID-19 tests can be conducted safely.
• Preparations to mobilize Oregon’s medical reserve corps to provide emergency support for vulnerable populations.
• Expanding telemedicine so patients can be screened, evaluated and treated by health care providers without coming into a clinic or hospital emergency department.
• Convening providers who serve older adults and vulnerable populations to mobilize an aggressive outreach and prevention strategy to protect at-risk people.
• Seeking additional funding to support Oregon’s response efforts.
• Oregon’s new COVID-19 cases bring the state’s total number of those who’ve tested positive for the virus to 14. Of the seven new cases, one is in Douglas County, one is in Marion County and five are in Washington County.
“The individuals whose test results we are announcing today are recovering at home or getting the care they need at a hospital,” Allen said. “Contact investigations have begun to identify and isolate anyone who may have been in close contact with these new cases.”
Four of the five new cases in Washington County were contacts of the county’s first three cases and had been under monitoring. The county’s fifth new case had no known contact with a confirmed case. The person also had not traveled from a country where the virus is circulating. Therefore, it is being investigated as a community-acquired case.
The county case count is as follows:
Oregon residents who would like more information on COVID-19 can call 211.
The following recommendations are made for older adults and people with underlying conditions:
• Minimize contact with people who may be ill.
• Avoid large public gatherings.
• Order prescriptions by mail.
• Take daily precautions: wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your anywhere on your face and clean surfaces.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms. If you are feeling sick with mild symptoms and do not need to seek medical care, stay home while you recover. If you are sick and plan to seek care, call before going in for care so arrangements can be made to prevent exposing others.
For urgent medical needs, call 911; be sure to inform them if you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
Four New Coronavirus Cases Confirmed In Oregon:
March 7 — Oregon health officials have identified four new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 among residents in Jackson, Klamath and Washington counties.
State and local health officials are moving quickly to contact people who may have been in close contact with the individuals who tested as presumptively positive cases. Three of the new cases are travel-related; one was a contact of a known case.
The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory tested 42 samples from 22 people yesterday (March 6), yielding the 4 presumptive positive cases and 18 negatives.
OHA continues to recommend that all people in Oregon take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza:
• Stay home while you are sick.
• Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough illness.
• 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.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms. If you are feeling sick with mild symptoms and do not need to seek medical care, stay home while you recover. If you are sick and plan to seek care, please call before going in for care so arrangements can be made to prevent exposing others.
For urgent medical needs, call 911.