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32 Oregon long-term care facilities report coronavirus; OHA plans to help

Support includes infection control and staffing assistance, additional beds

Posted: Apr 11, 2020 5:46 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2020 5:51 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority have pooled resources to assess and satisfy the needs of long-term care facilities experiencing an influx of COVID-19 cases.

32 Oregon long-term care facilities, including nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities, have reported that residents or staff have tested positive for coronavirus.

Nine of these facilities have five or more confirmed cases, including the Oregon Veteran's home in Lebanon where 34 people have tested positive and 4 have died, as well as the Corvallis Manor where 7 cases have been identified and 1 person has died.

The team will access resources to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to residents and staff. Resources may include technical assistance, referrals to specialists, help with staffing agencies, identifying personal protective equipment resources and developing plans to place residents in alternative locations.

As part of this, the state is beginning to contract with facilities to develop additional capacity to safely treat COVID-19 patients.

DHS and OHA entered a new data-sharing arrangement that will allow them to better monitor incidences of the virus at long-term care facilities statewide and share status updates with the public.

Lists of care facilities reporting that residents or staff have COVID-19, along with those reporting residents and staff with tests pending, can be found here.

There are more than 2,200 long-term care facilities in Oregon.

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