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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021
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.
New: In December, there was a cluster of cases related to two outbreaks of COVID-19 on the Salem Campus. OSH took immediate actions to stop the virus from spreading — including putting two units under quarantine, pausing admissions, and testing all patients and staff on the two units for the virus. Patients who tested positive were transferred to a quarantine unit, and staff who tested positive were sent home to self-monitor for 14 days.
Contact tracing is complete, and no additional patients or staff tested positive for the virus related to these outbreaks. We are cautiously moving forward, and we resumed admissions on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
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 OSH Ombuds and Family Services (OFS) at OSH.OmbudsandFamilyServices@dhsoha.state.or.us. 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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