Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown Tests Positive For COVID-19!

Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown Tests Positive For COVID-19! After returning from a vacation to Vietnam, Oregon Governor Kate Brown revealed on Saturday that she and her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. While this alters our Thanksgiving plans, she commented on Twitter, “We are glad for effective immunizations and boosters that are helping guarantee our symptoms don’t become serious.”

In Oregon and around the nation, respiratory infections like COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus are on the rise. Children have been especially vulnerable; according to the Oregon Health Authority, the number of children hospitalized for RSV doubled during the first week of November.

According to the organization, although adult hospitalization rates have decreased, those 65 and older continue to have a significant risk of developing respiratory diseases. According to Oregon Health & Science University, the upcoming few weeks will see “severe demand” for Oregon hospitals.

Oregon's Governor Kate Brown Tests Positive For COVID-19!
Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown Tests Positive For COVID-19!

According to OHSU data, 129 cases of RSV-related pediatric hospitalizations are expected to reach a high by Nov. 30. There were 77 cases as of Saturday. Due to the soaring RSV rates, Brown announced a state of emergency on Monday. Hospital executives from the Portland region released a joint statement cautioning about potentially significant wait times at emergency rooms.

“Practicing all the precautions that were stressed during the pandemic: avoiding contact with sick people, frequently washing hands, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and staying up to date on all routine vaccinations, including flu shots and COVID-19 boosters, is the best thing parents and caregivers can do to keep their children healthy and safe this fall and winter,” they advised.

Hospitalizations for COVID are expected to slightly rise this winter as well, according to health officials. Hospitalizations, which stood at 230 as of Wednesday, are expected to peak at 280 by early December, according to OHSU data.

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