COVID-19 Update April 3, 2020. by Pat Farr

Lane County  See the latest testing, resource and patient  INFORMATION HERE
● There were no new cases announced 4/2. One positive announced late in the day on 4/1,
thought to be a Lane County resident, has been determined to be a Douglas County case.
The total number of positives remains 20 in Lane County. Public Health nurses are
conducting contact tracing for multiple patients.

● Eugene-Springfield 911 callers will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms by dispatchers.
Responders will meet symptomatic patients outside the home, or respond in full
protective gear.
● In partnership with Lane County, FOOD for Lane County is coordinating with several
local restaurants to provide food for the two respite shelters for the unhoused.
● As of 4/2 9:00 a.m., the Expo Hall at Fairgrounds shelter has housed 140 people today.
Wheeler Pavilion, the shelter for mildly ill, has housed 1 person, and Springfield
Memorial Building has housed 27 people.
● EOC is working with hospitals to ensure that HOSCAP data is consistent across hospitals
● There were 200 calls answered by the call center during operating hours on 4/1.
o About 33% were transferred to the Nurse Line to discuss exposures/symptoms.
o More calls with heightened frustrations, particularly about businesses and settings
where social distancing does not seem to be observed.

Oregon Situation
● New COVID-19 epidemic trend projections and health system needs for Oregon released
here indicates that measures currently in place are reducing transmission.

(https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/8arHLJI7QrqywZlmFH1X_Oregon-COVID-
19-Projections-2020-03-30.pdf)

● Oregon Board of Pharmacy amended a rule on 4/1 to allow malaria drug
hydroxychloroquine to be used to treat confirmed COVID-19 cases in long-term care
facilities and prisons.
● OHA amended a rule on 3/30 to include reporting within 24 hours of individuals with
COVID-19 who are hospitalized and of deaths from COVID-19.
● The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released updated Interim Investigative Guidelines:
4/1 Updated Guidelines for COVID-19
● OHA is working with CMS on removing barriers for Oregonians to qualify for, enroll in,
and stay enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Nearly 1in 4 Oregonians currently
receives health coverage through OHP.
● There have been 21 deaths in Oregon from COVID-19 as of 4/2.
Lane County
● There were no new cases announced 4/2. One positive announced late in the day on 4/1,
thought to be a Lane County resident, has been determined to be a Douglas County case.
The total number of positives remains 20 in Lane County. Public Health nurses are
conducting contact tracing for multiple patients.

Source:  Lane County Public Health, Lane County OR

 

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