The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course this week on public testing for COVID-19, leaving many medical professionals baffled or alarmed at the change.
The new recommendation that patients without symptoms of the coronavirus don’t need to be tested doesn’t surprise Douglas County Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer. It’s a guideline already followed by health care professionals in Oregon.
“The updated CDC guidelines follow the Oregon guidance. People without symptoms generally don’t need to be tested, but might be tested if they work in a high risk area or if they’re part of an outbreak investigation,” Dannenhoffer said.
The CDC said there are exceptions including vulnerable people or health care professionals, where state or local public health officials may advise testing for the virus.
Meanwhile, the Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported one new positive test result Wednesday. There are 17 presumptive cases and 10 people still in isolation. The county’s total number of cases, which include presumptive and confirmed, is now at 173.
Two Douglas County patients are hospitalized and there have been two COVID-19-related deaths.
The state had 222 new cases Wednesday running the total to 25,571. There were six new deaths and the state has now had 433 COVID-19-related deaths.
Multnomah County had two deaths, Jefferson, Marion and Baker counties had one each, and in one case, residency has not been determined.
The Oregon Health Authority released its weekly report Wednesday today, which showed a 13% drop in daily cases for the week of Aug. 16 to Aug. 23. OHA recorded 1,704 new cases of COVID-19 cases — down from previous week’s tally of 1,963.