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Coronavirus in Oregon: 88 cases; OHA setting up Oregon Medical Station

Two more cases announced in Linn County.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 11:42 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 12:15 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- With 13 new coronavirus cases announced Thursday, the state's total has reached 88, the Oregon Health Authority said.

The new cases include two in Linn County, five in Marion County, four in Multnomah County and two in Washington County.

The Oregon Health Authority is working with the Oregon Military Department to assemble an Oregon Medical Station at the Salem Fairgrounds starting Friday. It's a temporary mobile facility dedicated for emergency use. It will provide an alternate site for 250 patients currently in nursing home care. 

Officials said the following about the OMS:

  • 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.

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