A new tool is available online today for Oregonians to track coronavirus variants in the state.
Oregon Health Authority started publishing its new COVID-19 variant dashboard yesterday.
OHA says its tool shows, “the cumulative count of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern or variants of interest in Oregon. For additional information on COVID-19 variants, go here."
OHA’s dashboard includes a map of variant cases tracked by Oregon's seven Hospital Preparedness Program Regions, and it shows variant cases in Oregon by collection date. It plans to update the dashboard weekly on Wednesdays with data through the previous Saturday.
The Health Authority says, “In order to provide a more comprehensive picture of variant circulation in Oregon, OHA will update its variant counts on the new dashboard using data from the GISAID Initiative — a publicly available scientific database for genetic sequences. This will allow OHA to rapidly report historical data whenever definitions of variants of concern or variants of interest are updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” GISAID information can be found here.
OHA reminds that last month the Centers for Disease Control “reclassified the B.1.427 and B.1.429 variants as variants of concern,” noting that those variants have been in Oregon since late 2020. OHA says, “Oregon will continue to ask all laboratory partners to promptly report all variants of concern (B.1.1.7, B.1.351, P.1, B.1.427 and B.1.429) and variants of interest (B.1.525, B.1.526 and P.2) to public health authorities in order to inform case investigation and contact tracing.”
CDC coronavirus variant information is available here.