Doctors expect to see coronavirus cases soon in Coos County

According to the county’s public health website, they have tested 187 people as of Monday.

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 7:43 PM

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- Although Coos County has not yet announced a positive coronavirus case in the area, some doctors and residents are concerned officials will soon.

According to the county’s public health website, they have tested 187 people as of Monday. So far, 164 of those tests have come back negative and 23 are still pending.

Doctors at Coquille Valley Hospital said they are grateful the county has gone weeks without a positive test, especially since positive case numbers are growing in Oregon by the day.

However, they said they expect to see a case any day now.

“Just because no one was tested positive here doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not here,” said Quinn Myers, infection preventionist.

Other doctors are concerned that Coos County isn’t seeing positive cases because they haven’t administrated that many tests due to personal protective equipment shortages.

“We’re doing testing that’s very limited,” said Megan Holland. “It’s based on people where we’re looking at whether or not they need to be hospitalized.”

Some Coos County residents told KEZI 9 News that they are confident that there are cases in Coos County, and it’s just a matter of time until they’re announced.

“I believe it’s out there,” said Eva Kicklighter, a Coquille resident. “And we’re coming in contact with people who are potentially carrying this.”

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