While COVID-19 infections are slowly rising, health officials continue to fear that smoke from forest fires in the Northwest Pacific may affect the recovery of people infected with the virus. Evacuation from fires during the fight against the coronavirus also comes with its own concerns.
“The first priority in forest fire situations is to respond to the evacuation and safety instructions of local and state fire officers – and to comply with their warnings. “Regardless of the condition of the disease, if you are asked or ordered to evacuate, you must do so,”
The agency also asked people evacuated during quarantine to take the following precautions:
- If you have time, contact your local public health authority, who should have already contacted you about your isolation or quarantine. They may have solutions to help you stay isolated if you need to evacuate.
- If you are directed to a shelter or other evacuation area, let the staff know that you are in isolation or quarantine so that they can take steps to keep you away from other evacuees.
- Wear a mask at all times when you are away from home or if you may come into contact with people who do not live with you.
- If you are an adult or disabled person, contact the Aging and Disability Resources Link for information on resources at 1-855-673-2372.
- Practice physical distance as much as possible if you need to travel outside your home for any reason, including evacuation.
Umatila County is allowed to ease restrictions on COVID-19
Umatila County has been allowed to lift some restrictions on coronavirus that take effect immediately, eastern Oregon said on Friday.
This is a reversal from last week, when Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority rejected the county’s request to enter Phase 2 resumption. At the time, they said the county had more than 100 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents and did not meet other state indicators to ease restrictions.
The death toll from coronavirus in Oregon is close to 500
The Oregon Health Authority reported two more COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing the confirmed pandemic to 497 in the state.
They had died:
- A 64-year-old man from Jefferson County tested positive on August 5 and died on September 10 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
- A 91-year-old man from Multnoma County who had positive results on August 24 and died on September 1 at the Adventist Medical Center in Portland.
Both had a basic medical condition.
The state also reported 215 new coronavirus diagnoses on Friday, leading to some confirmed and suspected cases in the state by 28,865 since the start of the pandemic.
New diagnoses have been falling for five weeks in a row in Oregon
New diagnoses of coronavirus have decreased by 5% compared to a week earlier, the Oregon health authority said in its weekly report COVID-19, published on Thursday.
The report looks at the week from Monday, August 31, to Sunday, September 6, when health officials reported 1,477 new cases of COVID-19 infection. This weekly sum is more than 30% below the weekly peak reached in mid-July. This marks the fifth consecutive weekly decline.
Deaths also fell to 23 from 39 in the previous week. The percentage of positive tests also decreased slightly, from 4.4% to 4.3%.
People over the age of 20 are still the most likely to be infected with COVID-19, while those over the age of 80 make up nearly half of all Oregon deaths from the virus.