How many Oregonians have recovered from coronavirus? State officials have no clue
The grim figures from Oregon health officials trickle in each day as the state grapples with a growing coronavirus epidemic: the number of known cases, the death toll, how many people are hospitalized and how many are on ventilators.
As for those who have made a full recovery?
The state can't offer the metric that might offer a small consolation to many in the face of a deadly pandemic.
Because it has no clue.
The Oregon Health Authority isn't tracking recovery figures because hospitals and county health departments don't report them to the agency, said Susan Mills, a spokeswoman with the Oregon COVID-19 Joint Information Center.
"We recommend contacting those entities directly," Mills said.
The Oregonian/OregonLive did.
Several Portland-area hospital systems said they had no plans to publicly disclose data about their COVID-19 patients, including those operated by Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services and Legacy Health.
OHSU Hospital is the only local system regularly disclosing patient data. It had admitted 19 coronavirus patients and discharged nine of them through Tuesday morning, according to figures published on its website.
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