OREGON -- Gov. Kate Brown announced that a Washington County resident is the first case of coronavirus in Oregon.
Speaking at a Friday night press conference in Portland, she said the individual did not travel to any other country where coronavirus is present.
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Doctors say the person experienced symptoms starting on Feb. 19. A sample was collected from the individual today and sent to a lab in Hillsboro for testing.
Officials also said the infected person spent time at Forest Hills elementary school in Lake Oswego. That school will be closed so public health officials can investigate.
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“Our first concern is for this individual, to make sure they’re being cared for and is able to recover,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “Our next priority is finding out who this individual had contact with and make sure they know about their risks, and to let them know how they can get care if they need it. We said this was a fast-moving situation, and we’ve proved that to be true.”
Officials believe the case was community-transmitted, as the person didn't have a history of travel to a country where the virus was circulating or close contact with another confirmed case.
The person is being isolated and cared for at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hillsboro.
Officials are awaiting confirmation of the test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Until then, the case is considered presumptive.
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