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Allen wants to get back to work soon, although the Sherwood resident says he feels 'like I got hit by a bus.'

PMG FILE PHOTO - Patrick Allen is recovering at his Sherwood home following a serious fall he suffered on Sunday.Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen is recovering at his home after being hospitalized earlier this week for injuries suffered in a serious fall Sunday.

"Director Allen's family reports the 59-year-old Oregon native is resting comfortably at his house in Sherwood after being discharged Tuesday evening following his hospitalization Sunday morning," stated a news release from the agency.

In addition to being treated for the fall, he also underwent evaluation for subsequent heart issues.

The news release stated that Allen is "looking forward to returning to work" but a date has yet to be determined.

Allen, a former chair of the Sherwood School District's board of directors, is often one of the officials seen during press conferences involving the state's fight against COVID-19.

Pamplin Media Group reached out to Allen after the state announced he had been hospitalized.

"Feel like I got hit by a bus, but I'm coming along," Allen responded in an email Wednesday, Jan. 26.

OHA deputy director Kris Kautz is overseeing agency operations during Allen's absence. Allen has been OHA's director since September 2017.


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