First Wasco County COVID-19 Case Reported At Oregon Veterans Home

The Oregon Health Authority announced Wasco County’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a resident of the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles.  The new case brings Oregon’s total to 266 cases in 20 counties.  North Central Public Health District officials say they are working closely with the Oregon Health Authority to identify any additional cases and protect the residents and staff of the Oregon Veterans’ Home.  The district says the individual is a male resident in the 60-80 year-old range.  He had no known contact with a confirmed case, and had not traveled to a country where the virus is circulating, so the case is being investigated as a community-acquired case.  He has been in isolation since last Thursday.  Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam Counties have formed a Unified Command to respond to COVID-19 challenges in close coordination with Oregon Health Authority.  NCPHD officials say test results are now coming from multiple laboratories and are delivered electronically to providers, counties, and OHA throughout the day.

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