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Oregon delivers rapid COVID-19 testing to rural hospitals in Curry, Morrow, and Lake counties

Governor Kate Brown announced on Thursday that Abbott ID NOW rapid testing instruments have been delivered to three rural hospitals.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 12:52 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2020 12:57 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Three rural hospitals in Oregon with little access to testing for the new coronavirus now have on-site rapid testing machines, according to an announcement from Governor Kate Brown on Thursday.

Abbott ID NOW rapid testing instruments were delivered to Curry General Hospital in Curry County, Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Morrow County, and Lake District Hospital in Lake County. Governor Brown indicated that this was just the first wave, with more rapid testing instruments on the way to other rural hospitals soon.

The rapid testing machines can process samples and return a result "in minutes," according to Brown's office. The three hospitals will start validation testing this week before opening up that capability to the public.


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“Expanding rapid testing in Oregon is key to ensuring we have the capacity to track and contain new cases, keep Oregonians healthy and safe, and prevent future outbreaks,” said Governor Brown. "Rather than taking hours or days to return a test result, these instruments are capable of returning positive or negative test results in minutes. This capability is especially crucial in our more remote communities, where rapid testing will help minimize the amount of travel needed for trips to the doctor’s office.”

Brown's office said that the federal government had sent each state 15 of these rapid testing machines, along with a small supply of testing kits and materials.

There were only five boxes of Abbott-specific testing kits delivered with the machines, each with 24 tests inside. Because of this, Brown's office said, the other machines can't be distributed yet.

“I want to be very clear: the number of testing kits we have received from the federal government for these new machines does not even come close to approaching the need we have in Oregon right now," said Governor Brown. "I am committed to working with our federal partners to secure additional test kits as Abbott and other companies ramp up their production capacity.”

For the time being, the rapid testing machines were distributed only to areas with no existing access to COVID-19 testing, with a limited number of first responders, where courier services to the state public health lab are limited, and that have a high population of older adults and other at-risk groups.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5060666

Reported Deaths: 74152
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152491227121
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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