PORTLAND, Oregon - The second individual to have a test for COVID-19, with results pending yesterday, has come back negative, the Oregon Health Authority is reporting.
This negative result is a separate and unrelated to the state's first, presumptive case of the virus yesterday, which was reported based on a test performed by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.
OHA continues approving testing for persons under investigation, a number that's likely to increase following the report of the state's first presumptive case and new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that calls for testing of anyone experiencing severe respiratory symptoms.
There now are seven pending test results for persons under investigation for COVID-19. Four tests have been completed—three were negative, and the fourth became Oregon's first confirmed case. Eighty-eight persons are under monitoring.
Persons under investigation are individuals experiencing symptoms and are known to have one of the three primary risk factors:
Persons under monitoring have had the same exposures but are not symptomatic.
OHA officials continue to recommend people in Oregon take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza:
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