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Oregon Health Official Says Social Distancing Has Cut Cases by Up to 70%

oregon says social distancing has slowed the spread of covid-19

You’ve heard this repeatedly for the last few weeks: social distancing is the most effective measure for preventing the spread of coronavirus.

More data out of the US state of Oregon supports this, as Dean Sidelinger, the state’s health officer, says that a recent model created shows that the state’s early measures have most likely reduced the number of cases in the state by 50-70%.

The state of Oregon currently has 899 confirmed COVID-19 infections, a relatively low number compared to many US states. Most notable is the fact that Oregon shares a border with Washington state, the first known US state with a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year.

Governor Kate Brown has implemented very strict measures in the state, with a stay-at-home order that went into effect March 24th that, unlike other states, closes parks, playgrounds, and other public facilities.

Perhaps another sign that social distancing has been effective in Oregon can be seen by Governor Brown’s decision today to lend 140 ventilators to the state of New York, which desperately needs more as the state has surpassed over 100,000 infected individuals.

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