Oregon reported its first coronavirus case on Friday. Here’s the latest news:
Coronavirus in Oregon: A Lake Oswego elementary school employee contracted Oregon’s first apparent case of coronavirus, causing the closure of the 430-student school as health officials try to figure out how many people may have been exposed.
Parents, read this: Kids in the Portland metro area who feel sick should stay home until they’ve been well for at least 24 hours, the region’s top health official said Friday after Oregon announced its first presumptive case of the new coronavirus.
Closures and cancellations: News of the diagnosis spread quickly across the metro area, canceling numerous activities for school-age children in its wake.
Coronavirus in Washington state: Washington state health officials announced two new coronavirus cases Friday night, a woman who had recently traveled to South Korea and a high school student whose school will be closed and sanitized.
Explaining it to kids: Need to talk to kids about coronavirus? Here’s a handy comic packed with a lot of good information. (Wouldn’t be a bad idea for adults to read it, too.)
We’re ready: The new coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world, and federal officials said this week the disease is bound to proliferate in the United States, as well. Oregon officials say they’re ready.
Wash. Your. Hands: Washing your hands sounds easy enough. But chances are you may not be doing it properly. Here are the CDC’s recommended five steps for properly washing your hands.
Virus spreads to Mexico: Mexico now has two confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. Officials said neither patient is seriously ill; one is in isolation at a hospital, the other is isolated at a hotel. Both men had traveled to the northern Italian region where there has been an outbreak and had returned to Mexico between last Friday and Saturday.
Take precautions: With words like quarantine, outbreak and isolation being thrown around, it’s important to educate yourself about the virus and how it could impact you — emotionally, physically and financially. Here’s what you need to know and do.
Testing is ramping up: Federal health officials said Friday they’re scrambling to get coronavirus testing up and running in every state, as President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser urged Americans not to overreact to plunging financial markets.
Now in Nigeria: Nigerian authorities on Friday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa as the outbreak spread to a region with some of the world’s weakest health systems.
Virus infects economy: The coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the world economy grew more alarming on Saturday, after President Donald Trump denounced criticism of his response to the threat as a “hoax” cooked up by his political enemies.
— The Oregonian/OregonLive