OHSU coronavirus (COVID-19) answer | OHSU News
OHSU coronavirus (COVID-19) answer |  OHSU News

OHSU coronavirus (COVID-19) answer | OHSU News

Antenna by OHSU. (OHSU / Aaron Bieleck)

From Thursday 21 April

Patients admitted with COVID-19

  • OHSU: 10
  • Hillsboro Medical Center: 3
  • OHSU Hospital and OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center Hospital Information:

    • 8 Not fully vaccinated
    • 3 Fully vaccinated
    • 2 Fully vaccinated with booster

      • 2 stripped
      • 11 contagious

  • 5 patients in the intensive care unit

    • 3 Not fully vaccinated
    • 0 Fully vaccinated
    • 2 Fully vaccinated with booster

  • 2 patients on a ventilator

    • 2 Not fully vaccinated
    • 0 Fully vaccinated
    • 0 Fully vaccinated with booster

  • Adventist Health Portland: 1

OHSU-specific data

  • Since 28 February 2020, 241,292 patients have been tested. Among these, 24,532 COVID-19 cases have been detected; 10 patients are currently in the hospital; and 1,393 patients have pending tests. There have been 178 deaths at the hospital.
  • There have been 47 newly discovered patient cases since April 20th.
  • To date, OHSU has conducted 41,790 COVID-19 tests for 13,297 staff and students. Of these, 3,378 tests for 2,873 employees and students detected COVID-19; 38,057 tests for 12,081 people resulted in them not being detected; 226 samples await.

OHSU community vaccinations

  • OHSU has administered 438,088 vaccine doses through its local vaccination sites, in addition to the 546,166 vaccine doses administered to date through the Oregon Convention Center vaccination site, which were administered jointly by OHSU, Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Providence Health & Services. (For more information on community sites and who is eligible, see “Common COVID-19 Vaccination Sites” below.)

As the state’s academic health center, Oregon Health & Science University remains engaged with state and local public health authorities and health systems across the metro area to coordinate a regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to limit the spread of the virus, including through the use of vaccines that first arrived at OHSU on 15 December 2020.

Beginning in the early days of the pandemic, OHSU activated an emergency operations center that adapted the response plans already in place from previous pandemic flu outbreaks, and this group continues to meet.

OHSU has prepared to treat a wave of patients with COVID-19 while working proactively to limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and protect our workforce.


Community COVID-19 vaccination sites


COVID-19 test

OHSU is committed to ensuring that all Oregonians have access to COVID-19 testing and appropriate health care, especially colored people and other people from communities most affected by COVID-19. During the pandemic, OHSU offered low-barrier drive-through tests that have tracked increases in case counters at various points, accommodating as many as 700 people a day through locations in Hillsboro, the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Expo Center.

From March 14, 2022, patients and community members will receive free COVID-19 testing at OHSU’s clinics on its South Waterfront Campus and in Beaverton. Testing will be indoors and by appointment from 8.00 to 16.30 Monday to Friday. People can call OHSU’s Connected Care Center at 833-647-8222 to schedule.

Learn more about other OHSU COVID-19 testing options and resources.


Patient care

  • On February 1, 2022, OHSU opened a centralized transportation center. Staff are available seven days a week to help plan transportation for patients moving between buildings or discharge from the hospital and clinics. The center allows OHSU to make room for new patients more quickly during the current increase in cases driven by the omicron variant.
  • OHSU is handling an unprecedented increase in critically ill patients from the delta variant, which begins in the summer of 2021. Frontline health professionals reiterate the importance of people being vaccinated. “This is a preventable disease,” says Erin Boni, RN, BSN, “This does not have to happen to anyone anymore.”
  • OHSU has established a long COVID-19 program to provide comprehensive, coordinated care to people who experience debilitating symptoms months after their infection.
  • OHSU has established a number of steps to prepare patients who have recovered from COVID-19 elective surgery after their illness. It is believed to be the first published protocol that paves a way forward in the COVID era in American medicine.
  • OHSU has implemented a “mask on” policy for all patients, visitors and staff inside the hospital. All staff working in patient care areas receive masks provided by OHSU.
  • OHSU’s research community joined forces to launch an internal COVID-19 test laboratory on March 24, 2020. The laboratory is an example of the many collaborations that have taken place at OHSU and in the health care system. In this case, members of the research community gathered to support the clinical community and test in an attempt to combat COVID-19. Laboratory capacity very much extended in October 2020.
  • In June 2021, OHSU received federal and state aid for dramatically expand the state’s ability to track variants of concern across Oregon and southwestern Washington.
  • OHSUs Telemedicine program allows patients to consult with authorized clinicians via a telephone or video connection from their home, limiting barriers to access to health care. The service has expanded exponentially in response to COVID-19.

Workforce management

  • OHSU has offered childcare accommodationincluding a $ 7.5 million scholarship, to help maintain its workforce during the pandemic.
  • A training video OHSU, designed to prepare its students and staff to provide COVID-19 vaccines, is now being used to train California paramedics and emergency medical technicians as this state escalates its fight against the pandemic.
  • OHSU has launched a wellness program designed to support clinicians, staff, and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. One example is a grant-funded program that paid local restaurants to deliver hot meals for frontline healthcare professionals after the vacation.
  • OHSU promotes physical distance within the university, this includes requiring non-critical staff to work externally and minimize the number of people gathered for personal meetings through video and teleconferencing alternatives.

Research and development

  • OHSU computer scientist Peter Graven, Ph.D., has provided weekly updates of projections for hospital admissions across the country, which will be every two weeks as the wave of infections generated by the omicron variant decreases. Beginning early in the pandemic, the Grave modeled the expected uncontrolled spread of the virus and began sharing these projections with state and local policy makers at the beginning of the Oregon pandemic in March 2020. These projections helped inform Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and ensure that it does not exceed the capacity of healthcare systems to treat a wave of patients who required hospitalization.
  • A laboratory study published December 16, 2021 suggests that breakthrough infections after vaccination generate “superimmunity” for COVID-19. Follow-up research published on January 25, 2022 reveals equally robust immunity to infection followed by vaccination. OHSU research published online April 29, 2021suggests that individuals previously infected with the new coronavirus will gain a much better benefit from protection against new variants if they are vaccinated. A previous laboratory study highlighted the importance of stopping the spread of virus variants through vaccination. And that shows another lab study revealing signals of immunity against new variants in the blood of humans 11 months after infection. On July 21, 2021, OHSU researchers co-authored a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association links age with immune response measured in blood serum.
  • An OHSU study aims to better understand the immune system’s response to COVID-19 during and after pregnancy.
  • OHSU scientists and doctors are engaged in one multi-stranded effort across the institution to improve the scientific understanding of the new coronavirus and bring the pandemic under control.
  • In November 2020, OHSU announced a partnership with local nonprofit Self Enhancement Inc. on a initial studies which combines wastewater monitoring with voluntary saliva-based testing of residents in four Portland neighborhoods. The preliminary results are promising and the project has helped create connections with historically underserved communities.
  • An OHSU-led review of evidencepublished in June 2020, notes that face clothing appears to reduce the risk of spreading respiratory diseases in community settings.
  • OHSU computer scientists lead a nationwide cooperation by clinicians, computer scientists, and other biomedical researchers aiming to transform data from hundreds of thousands of medical records from coronavirus patients into effective treatments and predictable analytical tools that can help reduce or end the pandemic.
  • OHSU has joined with other universities and academic medical centers across the country to ease licensing requirements to accelerate promising new technologies to diagnose, treat and prevent COVID-19.

Community action


Ways to help

Please see these resources for the latest information on the COVID-19 response:

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