As COVID-19 infection slowly climbs, health officials continue to express concern that smoke emanating from the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest may affect recovery for those infected with the virus. Fire rescue also comes with its own set of concerns when battling coronovirus.
“The first priority in wildfire situations is to respond to the evacuation and safety instructions of local and state fire officials – and heed their warnings. Regardless of the condition of the disease, if you are asked or ordered to evacuate, you should do so, ”the Oregon Health Authority said in a press release on Thursday.
The agency also asked people to vacate, explaining to people to adopt these precautions:
- If you have time, reach out to your local public health authority, who should be in contact with you first about your isolation or quarantine. They may have solutions to help you remain isolated if you have to be empty.
- If you are directed to a shelter or other evacuation location, tell the authorities that you are in isolation or quarantine so that they can take steps to keep you away from other evacuees.
- Wear masks outside your home at all times, or if you can come in contact with people who do not live with you.
- If you are an older adult or a disabled person, access the Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection at 1-855-673-2372 for information on resources.
- If you want to travel outside your home for any reason, then practice the physical distance to the greatest extent possible.
Umatilla County Allowed to Reduce COVID-19 Restrictions
East Oregonians reported on Friday that Umatilla County is allowed to give effect to certain coronovirus restrictions.
This is a reversal from last week, when Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority refused to enter Phase 2 of resuming the county’s application. At the time, he said the county had more than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and did not easily meet other state metrics for the ban.
Oregon’s coronavirus dies near 500
The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported two more deaths to COVID-19, making the epidemic confirmed deaths in the state to 497.
He was deceased:
- A 64-year-old Jefferson County man tested positive Aug. 5 and died Sept. 10 at Bent’s St. Charles Medical Center.
- A 91-year-old Mulnoma County man who tested positive Aug. 24 and died Sept. 1 at Adventist Medical Center in Portland.
Both had underlying medical conditions.
The state also reported 215 new diagnoses of coronovirus on Friday, making 28865 known confirmed and estimated cases in the state since the onset of the epidemic.
New diagnoses have fallen in Oregon for five straight weeks
New coronovirus diagnoses are down 5% compared to a week ago, the Oregon Health Authority said in its weekly COVID-19 report released on Thursday.
Reports appear during the week from Monday, August, to Sunday, Sunday, September 6, when health officials reported 1,477 new cases of COVID-19 infection. The weekly total is more than 30% below the weekly peak reached in mid-July. This marks the fifth consecutive weekly decline.
The deaths also came down to 23 from 39 in the first week. The percentage of positive tests also fell slightly from 4.4% to 4.3%.
People in their 20s are most likely to contract COVID-19, while people over the age of 80 make up about half of all Oregon deaths from the virus.