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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
At Oregon State Hospital, protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are taking comprehensive and necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the hospital.
Since March 2020, there have been three patient cases of COVID-19. During the past seven months, 30 staff members reported testing positive.
New: Of the most recent COVID-19 cases, ten (three patients and seven staff) have been from one unit, Lighthouse 2, which has been under quarantine since Oct. 15. Since then, we have been taking aggressive actions to stop the virus in its tracks. This has included testing of all staff on the Salem Campus, as well as implementing a 14-day time period where staff and patients on each unit are self-isolating as households.
All of the patients from the unit have been tested. The three who tested positive are on the quarantine unit, and the 15 who were exposed but tested negative are being treated as “persons under monitoring" on Lighthouse 2. All 18 patients will remain on their units for at least 14 days.
OSH response to the pandemic
In accordance with Governor Brown's March 8, 2020, declaration of emergency, which calls upon state agencies to take necessary measures to minimize disease transmission, the hospital has taken the following steps:
In addition, we are:
We're doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by acting on state and federal guidance to limit exposure through social distancing measures. We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.
Friends and family with questions or concerns should contact Consumer and Family Services at email@example.com. You can also call them at 503-947-8109 in Salem and 541-465-2785 in Junction City.
For the latest information on the state's response to COVID-19, please refer to the Oregon Health Authority website.
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