(Update: Adding weekly report, testing exposure message technology)
OHA announces new overall project for wastewater monitoring
PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) – COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon and raised the state’s death toll to 521, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.
The OHA also reported 195 new confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 from 6 p.m. 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the state to a total of 29,850 cases along with 591,243 negative test results.
The new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (10), Clatsop (2), Coos (2), Deschutes (4), Douglas (2), Hood River (1 ), Jackson (15), Jefferson (5), Klamath (1
Oregon’s 520. COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 9 and died September 8 at OHSU. He had no underlying relationship.
Oregon’s 521. COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died Sept. 10 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.
OHA announces new COVID-19 project for wastewater monitoring
The OHA announced today that it had launched a COVID-19 wastewater monitoring project across the state to investigate the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in more than 40 small to medium-sized communities around the state.
The project, which will include weekly wastewater testing over the next 30 months, will allow epidemiologists to better understand the circulation of COVID-19 in some of Oregon’s communities. It will act 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 community,” said Melissa Sutton, MD, MPH, medical director of respiratory viral pathogens at the OHA and a lead researcher on the wastewater study. “We look forward to our partnership with local communities and researchers. Together, we hope for a better understanding of the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. ”
Much of the work is done by researchers from Oregon State University along with local partners. Funding for this program comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
OHA’s weekly report shows declining number of cases
Today’s weekly report showed that new cases in Oregon continued to decline as 1,294 cases were registered from September 7-13 – down 12% from last week’s figure of 1,477. During the same period, the number of newly tested Oregons decreased by 35% to 17,365, and the percentage of tests that were positive increased from 4.3% to 5.6%. This decrease in the number of Oregons tested occurred in connection with several active forest fires. The OHA is closely monitoring this situation.
29 Oregons were reported to have died last week from COVID-19 compared to 23 last week. 83 Oregons were hospitalized; and with 47 in the previous week, the reported number of Oregonians hospitalized with COVID-19 is the lowest in any period of two weeks since mid-June.
As in recent weeks with declining cases, OHA reminds Oregonians that it is still very important to continue wearing face masks, practicing physical distance, and avoiding gatherings to sustain the progress the state has made.
Oregon joins Western States Pact in testing exposure messaging technology
Gov. Kate Brown announced today that Oregon has teamed up with Western States Pact members California, Washington, Colorado and Nevada in a pilot project to test COVID-19 exposure messaging technology.
The pilot project will test the mobile application Exposure Notification Express developed by Google and Apple. For those who voluntarily choose to use the exposure notification technology, the app confidentially notifies individuals who may have been exposed to 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 user identities. Users must sign up for the technology.
“Knowledge is power when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19, and this pilot project will help people make informed decisions to stay healthy while protecting the privacy of the individual,” Governor Brown said. “COVID-19 knows no state boundaries, and my goal is to ensure that this exposure messaging technology, if implemented more widely, is made available to the communities that have been disproportionately affected by this disease – black, native, Latinx, Pacific and tribal communities. as well as those living in the rural areas of our states. ”
Get informed about COVID-19:
Oregon Response: The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are leading the state response leading the state response.
America’s response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is leading the United States’ response.
Global response: The World Health Organization manages the global response.