(Update: Weekly report, adding exposure notification technology test)
OHA Announces New Statewide Waste Monitoring Project
Portland, Ore. (KTVZ) – COVID-19 claims to have killed two more people in Oregon, causing the state’s death to 521, the Oregon Health Authority reported on Wednesday.
OHA reported 195 new confirmed and inferred cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the state to a total of 29,850 cases with 591,243 negative test results.
The new confirmed and estimated COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (10), Clatsop (2), Coos (2), Dissutes (4), Douglas (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (15), Jefferson (5), Klamath (14), Lane (15), Lynn (1), Malhour (17), Marion (23), Multanomah (32), Pollock (3) , Umatilla (2), Union (1), Wallowa (6), Vasco (2), Washington (33) and Yamhill (4).
The 520th COVID-19 death of Oregon is a 70-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 9 and died on September 8 at OHSU. He did not have underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 521st COVID-19 died in Multanomah County, a 79-year-old man who tested positive on August 4 and died on September 10 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.
OHA Announces New COVID-19 Waste Monitoring Project
OHA announced today that it has initiated a statewide COVID-19 waste monitoring project to study the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in more than 40 small-to-medium-sized communities across the state.
The project, which will include weekly wastewater testing over the next 30 months, will enable epidemiologists to better understand the circulation of COVID-19 in some communities in Oregon. It will serve as an “early warning” system to tell if COVID-19 is spreading silently in communities.
“This program promises to help us monitor COVID-19 in our communities,” said Melissa Sutton MD, medical director for respiratory viral pathogens at MPH, OHE, and a lead investigator for waste studies. “We look forward to our partnership with local communities and researchers. Together, we hope to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. ”
Much of the work will be done by researchers at Oregon State University, with local partners. The grant for this program comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The OHA’s weekly report shows the declining trend of the case
Today’s Weekly Report showed that new cases in Oregon continued to decline as 12.1% of 1,294 cases were reported on September 12, up from the previous week’s tally of 1,477. Over the same period, the number of Oregon newly tested dropped by 35% to 17,365, and the percentage of trials that were positive was 4.3% to 5.6%. This decline in the number of Oregonians tested occurred in the context of many active wildlife. The OHE is closely monitoring this situation.
Oregonians died last week in collaboration with COVID-19 compared to 23 last week. Eighty-three Oregonians were hospitalized; And with 47 in the previous week, the number of Oregonians hospitalized with COVID-19 is the lowest for any two-week period since mid-June.
In the last weeks of declining case cases, the OHA reminds Oregonians that it is very important to continue covering the face, practicing physical disturbances, and avoiding ceremonies to keep up with the progress made by the state.
Oregon joins Western States Treaty Exposure Notification Technique
Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregon has joined with Western States Pact members California, Washington, Colorado and Nevada in a pilot project to test COVID-19 exposure notification technology.
The pilot project will test the Exposure Notification Express mobile application developed by Google and Apple. For those who voluntarily choose to use the exposure notification technique, the app confidentially notifies individuals who may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. Privacy and security are central to the design of the technology, which does not collect location data from any device and never shares the user’s identity. Users should opt for technology.
Governor Brown stated, “Knowledge is power when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19, and this pilot project will help people make informed decisions to keep themselves healthy,” “COVID-19 is a state Limitations are not known, and my goal is to ensure that this exposure notification technique, if implemented more widely, is made available to communities that have been affected by the disease – Blacks, Indigenous, Latinex, Pacific Islander and tribal communities, as well as people living in rural parts of our states. ”
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