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Virus slowing down, but still plenty deadly…

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August 21, 2020

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Latest model shows transmission is slowing

Today, Gov. Kate Brown, OHA Director Pat Allen and State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger spoke about the latest modeling for COVID-19 and other pandemic information. Here are some highlights:

Our latest report shows that the transmission of COVID 19 is slowing and that we are seeing a declining pattern of transmission since the July 4th holiday.

While our COVID 19 data shows we are doing better than many other states, the virus continues to be a significant threat in our communities – and we’re not close to keeping the infection rate at a level we’d need to reopen schools across Oregon.

We’ve made progress. The model shows that our collective actions have reduced transmission rates since the increase after we reopened, and we see that confirmed by leveling off of numbers of new infections and hospitalizations. Oregonians have flattened the curve again.

But we’re still months away from driving infection rates down to a level at which we could safely reopen schools in every county.

We need to reduce transmission rates from around 1 to .75. Currently, we estimate every person who contracts COVID-19 is probably passing the virus on to 1 other person. To safely reopen schools, we need to make sure people who become infected are passing it along to fewer people, so the virus is not spreading at a sustainable rate.

We need to keep the pressure on COVID-19:

  • Stay apart from people outside your household.
  • Limit the size of your social get-togethers.
  • Wear your face covering.

We know many people are following these guidelines – but not everyone. We need all Oregonians to take and maintain safe, healthy actions to fight the COVID-19 virus to drive down infection rates, reopen schools and get closer to the return of normal life in Oregon again.

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