Oregon health officer: Spike in virus cases can be averted

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the COVID-19 pandemic claims a record number of jobs, Oregon’s health officer shared good news. Modeling shows the state won’t see a huge rise in cases as long as stay-at-home orders are heeded. He also said the rise in cases should be manageable. He added that this depends on everyone heeding the governor’s orders to stay home and on health care providers having personal protective equipment. Modelling shows the social distancing and stay-at-home orders in Oregon are already having a result, with transmission of infections cut by 50 to 70 percent.