PORTLAND, Ore. – Twelve staff members at the Oregon Health and Science University (or OHSU) have tested positive for coronavirus, the hospital president said during a press conference Monday.
Officials said there were 56 more employees awaiting test results.
OHSU president Danny Jacobs said they were able to identify the cases thanks to increased testing at the hospital.
The announcement came during a teleconference with lawmakers and healthcare workers who were urging officials to outfit those on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak with more personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and masks.
They want the federal government to distribute PPE from the strategic national stockpile, identify and distribute reserves of PPE in other industries, and ensure all frontline workers can get tested for coronavirus.
Union rep says frontline workers have tested positive or have presumed cases of COVID-19. She says nurses in Portland are wearing swim goggles to protect themselves. She said healthcare workers in Central Oregon have worn the same N95 masks for three weeks. #LiveOnK2
Governor Kate Brown says Oregon is making progress on boosting its supply of personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, but she wants the federal government to do more.
"I want to sincerely thank every single individual and organization who contributed to this effort," said Governor Brown. "You truly reflect the Oregon way––coming together in difficult times for the good of Oregonians most in need."
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