SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Health Authority confirmed three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon. This brings the statewide total to 39.
The Oregon Health Authority is reporting one new case in Yamhill County, one new case in Deschutes County, and one new case in Linn County.
The cases in Yamhill and Deschutes counties are believed to be community acquired.
The new case in Linn County is a staff member at Oregon Veterans' home in Lebanon. Nine residents have tested positive at the Oregon Veterans' Home so far.
The Oregon Health Authority also announced Sunday afternoon, that it is changing the way it is reporting COVID-19 cases. The OHA says results from the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory will no longer require confirmation through the CDC. The Oregon Health Authority says this is because "testing has expanded to include commercial laboratories, we are receiving results from multiple sources throughout the day".
The OHA says it will now get updates on cases from:
- Cases from the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory
- Cases from commercial and out-of-state labs
- Because confirmation from CDC is no longer required, we will simply report total number of cases and will remove earlier information about CDC confirmatory testing
- Because reporting about travel and nature of illness isn’t available for cases reported from commercial labs, we are removing hospitalization status and information about travel to a country where COVID-19 is circulating.
- The OHA will continue to track and report COVID-19 deaths
The Oregon Health Authority's advice on how to stay healthy remains the same. They advise everyone take the steps listed below to protect themselves and those most at risk.
• Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like bathrooms, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, toys and cell phones.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home and away from others if you are ill.
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