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The Oregon Health Authority is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. All updates about this outbreak can be found on the Oregon Public Health Division Emerging Respiratory Pathogens webpage.
The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) began to test for COVID-19 on February 28, 2020. All testing must be approved by public health authorities. If you would like to submit a specimen for testing, please follow the instructions for Submitting Specimens on the OHA novel coronavirus webpage.
The OSPHL observes laboratory closures in accordance with the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) designated closures. Please visit the DAS Building Closures website for a list of planned holiday closures and weather-related closures.
In the event of a weather-related closure, some OSPHL staff may report to work to receive specimens. Limited testing services may be provided.
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