OHA Adds Hood River County To Watch List

The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday added Hood River County to its watch list of counties as they deal with COVID-19.  During an OHA media briefing, state epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said counties go on the watch list if the rate of sporadic, or untraceable, COVID-19 cases is greater than 50 per 100,000 people in the last two weeks, and more than five sporadic cases during that time period.  Hood River County Health Department Director Trish Elliott said the County has had more than five sporadic cases in the last two weeks.  Sidelinger says being on the watch list is not punitive, nor does it move a county back a phase in reopening.  He says the OHA increases communication with the county to determine technical assistance and resource needs to assist in the response to COVID.  Elliott said at this point she has not been told what kind of assistance the OHA would provide Hood River County.  Multnomah and Marion counties were also added to the watch list Thursday.  Wasco County was place on the list three weeks ago.  Lincoln and Union counties were removed from the list.  

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