SALEM, OR (KPTV) - Oregon will receive 60,000 to 80,000 new rapid COVID-19 tests per week from the federal government, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday.

The tests will continue weekly through the end of the year.

The Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests can diagnose cases of COVID-19 in 15 minutes.

“With this increased testing capacity, we hope to be able to diagnose more people quickly so they can get the care they need,” said Brown. “We want to identify more cases of COVID-19 so we can also isolate and quarantine people, helping contain the virus.

The new tests will be deployed statewide, with a focus first on counties and long-term care facilities that have been affected by wildfire evacuations, that have put vulnerable people and staff at higher risk for COVID-19.

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The tests will also be deployed to outpatient and mobile COVID-19 testing locations, for symptomatic people and their close contacts, whether those contacts are showing symptoms.

Additionally, testing will also be prioritized for vulnerable communities, including:

  • People from communities that have been hardest hit and most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, communities of color and tribal communities, and people living in congregate care settings.
  • People living in places most vulnerable to COVID-19 spread, such as congregate care or living facilities, Department of Corrections facilities, and other community testing locations.

Tests also will be distributed to school-based health centers and other health care partners working with K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to support the testing of symptomatic students and staff, close contacts of cases, and to investigate outbreaks.

The Oregon Health Authority will maintain a strategic reserve of tests to address outbreaks beyond December, in the event the federal government runs low on testing supplies.

Health experts have cautioned that antigen tests provide accurate positive results, but that they can produce false negatives for people with COVID-19, according to state officials.

OHA provided an update on COVID-19 in Oregon on Tuesday, reporting nine additional deaths and 301 new cases.

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(4) comments

Toothache

I'm surprised the governor will accept the tests since she hates Trump. Oh, wait a minute, she only hates him when she isn't asking for federal handouts.

Kire

And why is this necessary? From the beginning of the pandemic it is hospital ICU usage that is relevant. The data clearly shows hospitalizations have remained relatively constant, even while cases have increased...thus Covid-19 is under control. The facts show that those under 75 and those without serious health issues are not at serious risk from contracting the virus. As our society treats all other viruses and sicknesses, only those individuals who are most vulnerable need take special precautions. Given this time proven approach, how is it that we cannot all go on with our lives? No, it is irresponsible and cruel to punish more than 98% of the population thinking it is protecting the 0.4% who might die if they contract the virus. The government's job is to protect our freedoms. It is each individual's job to protect their own health.

Delta85

I didn't listen to her speak because for one I can't stand to. Did she blame Trump for everything like always?

Frederick Fukov

That's nice. How 'bout some rapid rioter removal? How would that be?

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