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First Coronavirus Case in Multnomah County

15 people statewide test positive

3/10/2020, 2:34 p.m.
The patient had no known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of the coronavirus
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Oregon health officials said Tuesday that a 15th person in the state has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The case is the first one in Multnomah County, Oregon’s most populous county and home to Portland. The patient had no known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of the coronavirus and did not travel from a country where the virus has been circulating, the Oregon Health Authority said.

The patient was hospitalized at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The new case means people have tested positive for the coronavirus in seven Oregon counties.

Those counties are Jackson, Klamath, Umatilla, Washington, Douglas, Marion and Multnomah.

Those over age 60 and with a serious medical condition — including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system — are particularly vulnerable to the new virus.

Health authorities are urging the people to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap, stay home if they feel ill and avoid touching their face with unwashed hands.