By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
The Oregon Health Authority has confirmed the first presumptive case of coronavirus in Oregon, public health officials announced Friday.
A resident of Washington County tested positive for the virus at an Oregon State Public Health Laboratory in Hillsboro.
The case appears to be a case of community spread. The person has not traveled to any countries with outbreaks recently, similar to cases in California discovered earlier this week.
OHA Director Patrick Allen, at a press conference Friday afternoon, said the patient had “spent time” at Forest Hills Elementary in Lake Oswego, Oregon, but wouldn’t confirm if the case was an employee or parent. He said the person is an adult.
Allen says the OHA is working to notify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.
“Contact tracing is our top priority right now,” Allen said. “We’ll notify the public after we receive any information about potential exposures.”
The patient is currently isolated and hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro.
Allen says officials will drop the term “presumptive” if the case is confirmed by a second test performed by the CDC.
Earlier today, Governor Kate Brown announced she has launched a Coronavirus Response Team that will work with state and local agencies in preparation for response to COVID-19.
“We’ve been expecting this and we’re prepared for it,” Allen said.