COVID-19: OHA reports 13 new cases; state prepares new medical station at Salem Fairgrounds

The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 88.

Two new cases were reported in Linn County, five in Marion, four in Multnomah and two in Washington counties. Deschutes County currently has six confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, the OHA and Oregon Military Department are assembling the Oregon Medical Station (OMS) set to open Friday at the Salem Fairgrounds. The OMS is a temporary mobile facility dedicated for emergency use in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. The mobile facility will provide an alternate site for 250 patients currently in nursing home care.

The OMS is one component of Oregon’s larger emergency preparedness plan. Here is a snapshot of the facility:

  • It will include beds, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment to support 250 patients.
  • It which will be staffed by members of the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) and the Oregon Disaster Medical Team (ODMT).
  • It will have staffing for 24/7 operations.
  • It will be housed in the Jackson Long building at the Salem Fairgrounds in a state-owned building.
  • It will use dedicated supplies that have been stored in Salem at the State and Federal Surplus Property.

Military members from the Oregon Military Department, SERV-OR and ODMT have previous joint training experience for disaster-type events. All three groups have participated in an annual exercise known as Pathfinder-Minuteman, which presents multiple scenarios where first responders have causalities in need of immediate medical treatment.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

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