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State officials say situation is under control and people should remain calm

KOIN 6 NEWS - Oregon Gov, Kate Brown at Friday press conferenceOregon health officials have announced the "first presumptive case of [the] novel coronavirus" in the state.

The announcement was made at a Friday evening press conference with officials from the Oregon Health Authority on Friday, Feb. 28.

The first case of the COVID-19 was said to be in "an individual living in" Washington County. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, along with OHA Director Patrick Allen, and a few other public health physicians spoke at the press conference.

Brown and Allen said people should go on about their lives, but take normal precautions for the flu, like covering their coughs.

Brown said state and local authorities are prepared to respond to the situation. They said people seeking information should call 2-1-1.

Officials conceded there are many unanswered questions about the virus, however, and more information will be released when it is available.

"As soon as we have additional information, we will update the public," Brown said.


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