Public health agencies adapting to coronavirus outbreaks in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Oregon's first coronavirus case on Tuesday.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 6:47 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 1:28 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Public health officials are constantly adapting as the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Oregon's first coronavirus case on Tuesday. Public health offices across western Oregon said they are still preparing for cases in their counties and educating the public on how to prevent the spread.

Coos County Public Health Director Florence Pourtal-Stevens said prevention comes down to basics.

"So I understand the concerns that I want to remind people is the prevention and precaution steps that we should take in the winter to prevent the common cold or the flu," Pourtal-Stevens said.

Eugene Pediatrics announced Tuesday they will be taking everyone's temperatures as they walk into their building. The clinic said if a fever is detected, you will be asked to wait in your car.

However, Bob Dannenhoffer at Douglas County Public Health said despite all these precautions, the public should not panic.

"There's a shortage of hand sanitizer," Dannehoffer said. "Soap and water works perfectly well. There's no need to wear a mask if you don't have symptoms."

For information from Coos County, click here.

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