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State: Virus outbreak at North Bend prison resolved

June 10, 2020 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State public health officials said Tuesday the coronavirus outbreak at a North Bend prison has been resolved.

The minimum-security prison at one point had 25 infected inmates and three infected employees, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

It is one of four state prisons with confirmed cases of the virus. A spokesperson for the Oregon Health Authority said in an email that an outbreak is considered over 28 days after the date of the last onset of symptoms for people with the virus.

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At the Oregon State Penitentiary, the state’s maximum-security prison in Salem, cases have slowed, said Christopher DiGiulio, the chief of medicine for the Oregon Department of Corrections. The prison has reported one new case of coronavirus in the past several days, he said.

Previously, the state was reporting as many as 20 new cases a day there, he said.

As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed cases among Oregon inmates stood at 167. Another 47 employees also have tested positive.

The outbreak at the Oregon State Penitentiary remains the largest in the state with a total of 168 cases among inmates and workers combined. Among inmates, 93 are considered recovered, DiGiulio said.

Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem and Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla also have reported cases of the disease. Santiam has eight cases and Two Rivers has one.

For most, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Health officials have reported about 5,000 positive cases in Oregon, with at least 169 deaths.

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