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US Social Distancing May Have Helped Washington and Oregon Flatten the Curve

12:40  09 april  2020
12:40  09 april  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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With the number of new coronavirus cases beginning to decrease, evidence from both Washington and Oregon indicates that the coronavirus curve is beginning to flatten because of social distancing.

Jay Inslee wearing a suit and tie: Washington Governor Jay Inslee has started to return medical equipment to the federal stockpile based on data that indicates a lessening of coronavirus cases in his state. © Elaine Thompson - Pool/Getty Washington Governor Jay Inslee has started to return medical equipment to the federal stockpile based on data that indicates a lessening of coronavirus cases in his state.

On Tuesday, 298 new positive coronavirus cases were confirmed in Washington, down from a maximum of nearly 1,000 cases reported in one single day.

Oregon reported 49 new cases on Tuesday, a little more than half of the state's 100 cases that were reported on Friday.

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Newsweek reached out to the Oregon Public Health Authority and the Washington Department of Health for comment.

"We generally do not know if we have peaked in the state until we see about a two or three week decline in all our data indicators, and we have not seen that yet," Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy told KOMO on Wednesday.

However, recent modeling indicates that the death toll in Washington could decrease to 60 percent of the original projections.

Washington governor Jay Inslee said Wednesday that the field hospital constructed in Seattle for coronavirus patients would be deconstructed for use in other areas.

"We requested this resource before our physical distancing strategies were fully implemented and we had considerable concerns that our hospitals would be overloaded with COVID-19 cases," Inslee said in a Wednesday press release.

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"But we haven't beat this virus yet," Inslee added, "and until we do, it has the potential to spread rapidly if we don't continue the measures we've put in place."

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On Saturday, Oregon announced that it would send 140 ventilators to aid New York in its battle against coronavirus. Oregon had requested the ventilators from the national stockpile but has not been hit by the virus hard enough to need them.

"The state of Oregon is sending 140 ventilators to NY," tweeted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday. "We are so grateful to @OregonGovBrown and the people of Oregon. On behalf of the people of NY, I thank you and rest assured that NY will repay the favor when Oregon needs it."

Oregon State Health Officer Dean Sidelinger said on Friday that social distancing and a statewide stay-at-home order had reduced the coronavirus transmission rate in the state by up to 70 percent.

Social distancing is expected to be enforced in outdoor areas in Portland as the Portland Parks and Recreation Department has announced it will be sending park greeters out to encourage people to stay apart even while outside.

"Some parts of Oregon are doing better than others at staying home and practicing social distancing," said Oregon Governor Kate Brown in a Wednesday tweet. "To all our Portlanders: as tempting as it is to be out and about, please remember that our #1 priority right now is staying home and social distancing."

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Reopening 'quite a ways away,' but mitigation efforts working: Washington Gov. Inslee .
Gov. Jay Inslee joined ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" to discuss Washington state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and how he's working with federal government."It's much easier and much truer to be able to tell you when it is not the right time (to reopen) than to tell you when is the right time," Inslee said on the ABC News "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. "It's not the right time today or even two weeks from now, because the modeling has shown clearly that the curve will start to go up again if we were to full scale remove our social distancing measures right now that are having a beneficial impact.

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