By The Oregonian/OregonLive
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus’s spread in Oregon:
OREGON STATS: Another 16 Oregonians have tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to new numbers Oregon released Wednesday. There were no new presumptive cases of coronavirus.
STRIKE FORCE: Oregon has suspended its routine inspections of nursing homes, memory care centers and assisted living facilities to create a strike force of workers who can go to any such facility where a patient or worker tests positive for coronavirus to help with immediate containment measures.
U.S. DEATH TOLL: The number of people who have died from coronavirus in the U.S. rose to 10 on Wednesday after Washington state officials confirmed another death in the Seattle area.
TESTING TROUBLE: More Oregonians with coronavirus symptoms can be tested for the potentially deadly disease following changes Wednesday to federal eligibility guidelines. The problem: The Oregon Health Authority hasn’t announced specific rules about who should be tested.
VULNERABLE OREGONIANS: Experts say that the coronavirus could be deadly for homeless people in Oregon and along the West Coast who already face higher health risks and have fewer ways to protect themselves from infection or to recuperate if infected.
‘NO CHARGES’: Oregon health authorities say they want to ensure individuals who are tested for coronavirus face “no charges,” a top official told lawmakers Wednesday.
EMERGENCY DECLARATION: Washington County on Wednesday became the second county in the state to issue an emergency declaration in response to coronavirus.
SANITIZER TECHNIQUE: If you think you can just give your fingers a quick rubdown with a dab of hand sanitizer, the experts say you’re not going far enough.
AIRLINES REACT: Delta Air Lines abandoned plans for daily flights between Portland and Tokyo on Wednesday, citing diminished demand due to the coronavirus. United Airlines, meanwhile, said the outbreak has prompted it to reduce international flights by 20% next month, and cut domestic flights by 10%.
CHRONIC ILLNESSES: Uncertainty about the coronavirus in Oregon pushes some people with chronic illnesses to stay home.
CASINO BACK IN BUSINESS: Wildhorse Resort and Casino reopened at about noon Wednesday, 48 hours after it closed for deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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