Casino worker is first confirmed coronavirus patient in eastern Oregon

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Oregon’s third presumptive coronavirus case is a casino worker who attended a youth basketball game at a Umatilla County middle school, authorities announced Monday as one of the state’s top health officials said he expects more cases to develop, including ones that could prove fatal.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state’s health officer, said the virus will continue to spread in Oregon but that the health system is prepared for the disease.

“We know that people are scared,” he said. “We are learning more and more about this disease every day.”

Of the three Oregon patients, one has mild symptoms but the Oregon Health Authority has declined to give out the conditions of the other two, who are receiving hospital treatment.

Sidelinger continued to urge calm and advise regular hand-washing . . .