Oregon officials taking emergency actions to contain coronavirus outbreak

Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon health officials are taking emergency steps to confront the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state as new cases emerged over the weekend.

Testing is focused on determining the extent of the outbreak across Oregon and who is most at risk, according to Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Gov. Kate Brown on Saturday night declared a state of emergency.

“I find that the novel infectious coronavirus has created a threat to public health and safety and constitutes a statewide emergency,” the governor said in her formal declaration issued Sunday.

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