OREGON--- The Oregon Health Authority says it is changing the way it reports recovered cases of COVID-19.
It says prior to May 1, 2020, it called people with COVID-19 cases and asked if they still experienced symptoms to assess when they had recovered. People who reported no longer suffering symptoms were reported as "recovered."
After May 1, when the calls discontinued, the definition changed to a person "alive 60 days after the onset of illness." The new definition did not factor in people who experienced prolonged illness or lasting effects from COVID-19. The OHA says for that reason, the count of recovered cases after May 1 will no longer be reported on OHA's COVID-19 data dashboards or website.
OHA says it is developing a new metric that will measure the proportion of cases who are alive 60 days after onset of illness. However, the definistion is still being refined, and may take into consideration factors that measure disease severity, such as hospitalization status.