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Briefing Outlines Health Officials’ Coronavirus Objectives

Members of the Governor’s Joint Task Force for Health Care Systems Respnse to COVID-19 outlined their objectives in the fight against the coronavirus in Oregon.  Oregon Health Authority Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dana Hargunani says the plan addresses four urgent areas including procuring critical medical supplies, optimizing hospital capacity, mobilizing the health care workforce, and maintaining a unified and coordinated response.   She says the state is collecting PPE for re-distribution to facilities in need, working with providers to develop new alternate care locations, sharing hospital bed utilization data for managing use across the region, and developing childcare options for health care workers.  Hargunani emphasized people need to stay home and practice social distancing to help in the effort to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and save lives.  The latest models show that only aggressive interventions, like the Stay Home, Save Lives executive order Governor Kate Brown issued on March 23, are predicted to decrease the number of active infections.