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New cases announced March 19 are in Linn, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties

There are now 88 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the state according to the Oregon Health Authority.

In a press release, OHA said there were 13 new cases to report as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, including two in Linn County, five in Marion County, four in Multnomah County and two in Washington County.

In the press release, OHA also provided more details on the 250-bed temporary hospital that is expected to open at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem Friday.

"The Oregon Health Authority, together with the Oregon Military Department, is assembling the Oregon Medical Station (OMS) beginning Friday, March 19, at the Salem Fairgrounds," the release said. "The OMS is a temporary mobile facility dedicated for emergency use in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. The mobile facility will provide an alternate site for 250 patients currently in nursing home care."

According to OHA, the facility will provide beds, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment for the 250 patients. It will be staffed by the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon and the Oregon Disaster Medical Team, and is expected to operate 24/7.

"Military members from the Oregon Military Department, SERV-OR and ODMT have previous joint training experience for disaster-type events," the release stated. "All three groups have participated in an annual exercise known as Pathfinder-Minuteman, which presents multiple scenarios where first responders have causalities in need of immediate medical treatment."


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