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Amid newly announced COVID-19 cases, dozens of Oregonians still awaiting test results

Test samples from 52 possible cases are still awaiting lab results, OHA said. Samples for 165 other possible patients have already tested negative for COVID-19.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 6:28 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2020 2:59 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon public health officials say that they have not identified any new cases of COVID-19 in the state since Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency on Sunday, according to a brief update from the Oregon Health Authority on Monday morning, but a number of samples still need to be tested.

So far, one confirmed case and 13 "presumptive" cases have been identified in Oregon. A presumptive case means that the person has tested positive for the virus at a state lab, but samples will be sent to the CDC for confirmation.

This weekend marked a rapid expansion in the number of presumptive cases in Oregon. Public health officials announced the first three cases in southern Oregon on Saturday, as well as an additional case in Washington County. By Sunday, seven more cases were added as the Governor made the emergency declaration.


CONTEXT: What we know so far about the new coronavirus, COVID-19


Test samples from 52 possible cases are still awaiting lab results, OHA said. Samples for 165 other possible patients have already tested negative for COVID-19.

According to OHA, 226 people are still being monitored for signs of the virus, while 291 have either completed monitoring or were found to have no risk.

Health officials identified the third presumptive case, a person from Umatilla County, last Monday. They were being treated at a hospital in Walla Walla, Washington, while authorities worked to track down other people who may have been in close contact. The patient spent time at a youth basketball game in Weston, as well as Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton.

The earlier two cases were people in Washington County, Oregon, who had been in close contact with one another. The first case — now confirmed by the CDC — worked at a elementary school in Lake Oswego, prompting the school to shut down for thorough disinfecting.

Though it has been at least a week since state officials identified the first and second cases in the state, the CDC has yet to return results on their test samples. The lag outlines an apparently significant backlog in the federal government's ability to quickly confirm presumptive cases.

"With expanding spread of COVID-19, additional areas of geographic risk are being identified and the criteria for considering testing are being updated to reflect this spread," the CDC said in its updated recently updated guidelines. "In addition, with increasing access to testing, the criteria for testing for COVID-19 have been expanded to include more symptomatic persons, even in the absence of travel history to affected areas or known exposure to another case, to quickly detect and respond to community spread of the virus in the United States."

On Saturday, Klamath County health officials said that the state of Oregon can process a maximum of about 40 tests for COVID-19 per day — a number that could increase should private labs be brought in to aid in the testing.

Each test actually consists of two samples from a single patient to ensure the validity of results. In that sense, Oregon is capable of testing 80 samples per day, but only half that number of patients.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 42101

Reported Deaths: 653
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah9137160
Marion5819108
Washington573975
Umatilla334944
Clackamas309765
Lane235427
Malheur191538
Jackson16696
Deschutes112313
Yamhill98715
Linn80315
Polk65015
Jefferson6049
Morrow5456
Lincoln51713
Union4662
Benton4416
Klamath4103
Douglas3495
Wasco34715
Hood River2771
Josephine2673
Columbia2591
Clatsop2420
Coos2380
Baker1203
Crook1072
Tillamook700
Curry571
Wallowa442
Lake350
Harney230
Sherman180
Gilliam110
Grant110
Wheeler10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 906596

Reported Deaths: 17358
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2997606993
Riverside659021279
San Bernardino626191072
Orange585731447
San Diego54583870
Kern33813416
Fresno30752436
Sacramento25372484
Santa Clara24144388
Alameda23312461
San Joaquin21630489
Contra Costa18621241
Stanislaus17629396
Tulare17495286
Ventura14240164
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12103140
Monterey1137291
San Mateo11075159
Santa Barbara9781120
Merced9465155
Sonoma9312136
Kings822883
Solano728674
Marin7074128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo414132
Placer409357
Yolo319159
Butte307852
Santa Cruz278825
Napa195715
Shasta187830
Sutter183712
San Benito143715
El Dorado13174
Yuba129310
Mendocino112721
Tehama8728
Lassen7661
Lake69615
Glenn6573
Nevada6088
Humboldt5629
Colusa5506
Calaveras34218
Amador32816
Tuolumne2694
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1930
Mono1802
Del Norte1781
Mariposa782
Plumas680
Modoc290
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
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