Oregon government initiatives prevented 40,000 more coronavirus cases: report

Apr 16 2020, 11:49 am

The state’s Stay Home Save Lives campaign and issued orders may have prevented up to 40,000 more cases of coronavirus in the region, according to Oregon Health and Science University.

Based on projections leading to May 18, the Oregon Health Authority and the Institute for Disease Modeling think that the state could reach the 20,000 case mark. However, by initiating a stay-home order, and releasing a Stay Home Save Lives campaign, the group believes that they’ve slowed the spread by 200%.

What could have been 60,000 Oregonians infected with the virus, is now estimated to reach 20,000. The teams involved shared a simple graph that depicts what the spread would have been like if Oregon returned to “business as usual.”

In a tweet by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, studies by the state’s coronavirus task force claim to have already avoided more than 18,000 cases among its communities, simply by avoiding unnecessary activities outside.

Oregonians, you are truly superheroes helping flatten the curve,” Brown wrote on Twitter.

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