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

OHSU coronavirus (COVID-19) response | OHSU News

Aerial of OHSU. (OHSU/Aaron Bieleck)

As of Monday, Feb. 14


Patients hospitalized with COVID-19

  • OHSU: 54
  • Hillsboro Medical Center: 14
  • OHSU Hospital and OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center hospitalization details:

    • 45 Not Fully Vaccinated
    • 14 Fully Vaccinated
    • 9 Fully Vaccinated with Booster

      • 13 de-isolated
      • 55 infectious

  • 17 Patients in ICU

    • 13 Not Fully Vaccinated
    • 3 Fully Vaccinated
    • 1 Fully Vaccinated with Booster

  • 14 Patients on a Ventilator

    • 10 Not Fully Vaccinated
    • 3 Fully Vaccinated
    • 1 Fully Vaccinated with Booster

  • Adventist Health Portland: 18

OHSU employee, employee-student and student vaccinations

OHSU has one of the highest rates of COVID19 vaccination among hospitals and health systems regionwide, in compliance with OHSU policy and Oregon state law.

As of Feb. 10, 2022:

  • 22,253 OHSU members (employees, employee-students and students) are fully vaccinated and incompliance of OHSU vaccine policy
  • 37 members are partially vaccinated. These individuals have been placed on temporary leave until their vaccination series is complete.

Additional information about OHSU’s vaccine policy implementation is available here

  • 14,375 COVID-19 booster shots and 12,439 seasonal flu shots have been administered to OHSU employees and students.

OHSU-specific data

  • Since Feb. 28, 2020, there have been 231,849 patients tested. Among those, a total of 23,456 COVID-19 cases have been detected; 54 patients are currently in hospital; and 167 patients have tests pending. There have been 164 in-hospital deaths.
  • There have been 9 new detected patient cases since Feb. 13.
  • To date, OHSU has completed 40,234 COVID-19 tests for 12,938 staff and students. Of those, 2,633 tests for 2,421 staff and students detected COVID-19; 37,311 tests for 11,903 individuals resulted in not detected; 164 tests are pending.

OHSU community vaccinations

  • OHSU has administered 431,157 vaccine doses through its community vaccination sites, in addition to the 546,166 vaccine doses administered to date through the Oregon Convention Center vaccination site, which is jointly managed by OHSU, Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health & Services. (For more information about community locations and who is eligible, see “Community 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 goal is to contain the spread of the virus, including through the use of vaccines that first arrived at OHSU on Dec. 15, 2020.

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

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

Community COVID-19 vaccination sites

Mobile, drive-through testing

OHSU is committed to ensuring all Oregonians have access to COVID-19 testing and appropriate health care, particularly people of color and other individuals from communities hardest hit by COVID-19. Throughout the course of the pandemic, OHSU offered low-barrier drive-through testing that has tracked surges in case counts, at various points accommodating as many as 700 people a day through sites in Hillsboro, the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Expo Center. OHSU opened a new drive-through testing site on OHSU’s Marquam Hill campus Jan. 19, 2022.

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

Patient care

  • On Feb. 1, 2022, OHSU opened a Centralized Transportation Center. Staff are available seven days a week to help schedule transportation for patients moving between buildings or discharging from the hospital and clinics. The center allows OHSU to more quickly make space for new patients during the current surge in cases driven by the omicron variant.
  • OHSU manages an unprecedented surge of critically ill patients from the delta variant beginning in the summer of 2021. Frontline health care workers reiterate the importance of people getting vaccinated. “This is a preventable illness,” says Erin Boni, R.N., B.S.N., “This doesn’t have to happen to anyone anymore.”
  • OHSU has established a Long COVID-19 Program to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for people experiencing debilitating symptoms months after their infection.
  • OHSU has established a series of steps to prepare patients who have recovered from COVID-19 for elective surgery following their illness. It’s believed to be the first published protocol laying out a COVID-era path forward in American medicine.
  • OHSU has implemented a “mask on” policy for all patients, visitors and staff inside the hospital. For employees, this means anyone working in a patient-care area, in hallways, and in research labs. All employees who work in patient care areas will receive masks provided by OHSU. OHSU is asking all employees to conserve supplies as much as safely possible to preserve these precious resources for the entire institution and their colleagues.
  • OHSU’s research community came together to launch an in-house COVID-19 testing lab on March 24, 2020. The lab is an example of the many collaborations that have been happening at OHSU and in the health care community. In this case, members of the research community rallied to support the clinical community and testing in a drive to combat COVID-19. The lab’s capacity greatly expanded in October 2020.
  • In June 2021, OHSU received federal and state funding to dramatically expand the state’s ability to track variants of concern across Oregon and Southwest Washington.
  • OHSU’s Telemedicine Program offers an opportunity for patients to consult with licensed clinicians through a telephone or video connection from their home, limiting barriers to health care access. The service has expanded exponentially in response to COVID-19.

Workforce management

  • OHSU intends to implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for anyone with an OHSU identification badge, to the fullest extent allowed by law.
  • OHSU has offered childcare accommodations, including a $7.5 million hardship stipend, to help sustain its workforce during the pandemic.
  • A training video OHSU developed to prepare its students and staff to give COVID-19 vaccines is now being used to train California paramedics and emergency medical technicians as that state ramps up its fight against the pandemic.
  • OHSU suspended work-related travel beginning the week of March 9, 2020, with exceptions primarily related to clinicians providing patient care to sites around the Portland metro area and Oregon. The goal is to minimize quarantines of health care workers and help to slow the spread of the virus.
  • OHSU has instituted a wellness program designed to support clinicians, employees and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. One example is a grant-funded program that paid local restaurants to supply hot meals for high-impact frontline health care workers following the holidays.
  • OHSU is promoting physical distancing within the university, this includes requiring non-critical function employees to work remotely and minimizing the number of people gathered for in-person meetings through video and teleconferencing alternatives. 

Research and development

Community measures

Ways to help

Please consult these resources for the most current information on the COVID-19 response:

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