Replacing prescriptions and medical equipment lost to fire; Similar symptoms between fire smoke, COVID-19

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Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members: Did you leave home quickly because of nearby wildfires without grabbing the durable medical equipment (DME), supplies or prescriptions you need? We want you to know that you can get these items replaced.

If you have any trouble replacing things like DME, supplies or prescriptions, your coordinated care organization (CCO) can help. Find your CCO contact information here: http://ow.ly/jprH50BoEAi. If you’re an OHP member with an open card, contact Member Services at: 800-273-0557.

We know these are difficult times and want to help make sure that you have the medicine and medical supplies you need to stay healthy.

OHP members you can get the prescriptions and the medical equipment you may have lost due to wildfires replaced

Some symptoms can be caused by both wildfire smoke exposure and COVID-19

Some symptoms, like cough, difficulty breathing, runny nose, headache and fatigue can be caused by both wildfire smoke exposure and COVID-19. Learn about symptoms of COVID-19.

Know the difference between symptoms of smoke exposure and COVID-19

View press briefing for Oregon wildfire updates

Governor Kate Brown hosted a press briefing Monday September 14th to highlight the latest wildfire activity and state priorities during Oregon’s response. You can hear updates from the Governor, State Fire Marshal, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon National Guard, Oregon Office of Emergency Management and other responders here:

Press Briefing with Gov. Kate Brown Sept 14, 2020

Oregon reports 151 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, two new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 511, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday September 14th.

OHA also reported 151 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 29,484.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (18), Columbia (1), Coos (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (3), Jackson (4), Jefferson (1), Klamath (1), Lane (19), Malheur (13), Marion (11), Morrow (2), Multnomah (27), Polk (1), Umatilla (23), Union (1), Wasco (1), Washington (18) and Yamhill (3).

TESTING NOTE: Wildfires and hazardous air conditions have affected COVID-19 testing in Oregon. Over the past several days, statewide testing numbers appear to have dipped. This is a lagging data point as tests are often reported several days after specimen collection. However, due to widespread hazardous conditions, people seeking testing may have declined. OHA will continue to monitor the situation.

The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) is closed Monday, Sept. 14, due to indoor air quality that is too hazardous to safely use appropriate air safety equipment including hoods. No specimens will be accepted or tested. Specimens already received at OSPHL are being held at appropriate temperatures pending testing. OSPHL will reopen as soon as air safety standards can be met.