Respiratory Illnesses: After returning from a vacation to Vietnam, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and her husband both tested positive for the COVID-19 virus upon their return home. Brown made the announcement on Saturday.
She stated on Twitter that the family was recovering at home and that, despite the fact that their Thanksgiving plans had to be altered because of the illness, they were thankful for effective immunizations and booster shots that were helping to keep their symptoms from becoming more serious.
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Oregon Have Issued A Warning About A Possible Increase In Respiratory Illnesses
In Oregon, as well as the rest of the country, an increase in the incidence of respiratory infections such as COVID-19, influenza, and the respiratory syncytial virus has been seen. The rate of children being hospitalized for RSV quadrupled during the first week of November, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Children have been particularly susceptible to the virus, as evidenced by this increase.
According to the organization, hospitalization rates for adults have been declining, but individuals aged 65 and older continue to face a significant threat from respiratory diseases.
According to research conducted by Oregon Health & Science University, hospitals in the state of Oregon are going to be put under “severe strain” during the next few weeks. According to data provided by OHSU, the number of children hospitalized with RSV is expected to reach a peak of 129 cases by the 30th of November. As of Saturday, there were 77 confirmed instances of the disease.
On Monday, in response to the soaring RSV rates, Brown issued a state of emergency declaration. Hospital administrators in the Portland metropolitan region have published a unified statement in which they express concern over the possibility of lengthy wait times in emergency rooms.
“The best thing parents and caregivers can do to keep their children healthy and safe this fall and winter are to practice all of the measures that were emphasized during the pandemic,” they cautioned. “These measures include avoiding contact with those who are sick, washing hands frequently, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and staying up to date on all routine vaccinations, including flu shots and COVID-19 boosters.”
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The COVID hospitalizations are expected to slightly increase this winter as well, according to the officials in charge of health. According to the data provided by OHSU, the number of hospitalizations, which had reached 230 as of Wednesday, is expected to reach a high of 280 by the beginning of December.
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