The Oregon Health Authority today announced Clackamas County’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19.
OHA and Clackamas County Public Health are working to identify and isolate any persons who may have been in close contact with the person in the past 14 days.
This individual had close contact with another known case, and is currently hospitalized. This case is not connected to the school exposure at Forrest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego.
“We are keeping this individual, their loved ones and family in our thoughts,” said Clackamas County Health Officer Dr. Sarah Present. “This individual is receiving excellent care and we are doing what we can to slow the spread of this virus so we can provide lifesaving for those who need it.”
Those considered “high risk” include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, or diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system.
Health officials urge people to take these basic steps to protect those most at risk:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you feel ill.
After someone contracts COVID-19, illness usually develops within 14 days. Symptoms mirror those of the flu, including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat and general feelings of illness. That has made it more difficult for health officials to identify sick individuals and stop the virus from spreading.