On Saturday, April 11, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a letter to Oregon penned by Kevin Ewanchyna, MD, the President of the Oregon Medical Association. The letter is reprinted here in full. Our thanks to our OHA colleagues for the opportunity to share Dr. Ewanchyna's message.
Like many healthcare professionals the world over, Oregon’s physicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals are facing an unprecedented challenge, perhaps the most urgent of their careers. Given the scope of the problem presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be easy—and understandable—for clinicians to feel overwhelmed.
It was Hippocrates who stated, “Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.” We have never before seen a moment, both for those currently delivering care and those receiving care, in which this statement has rung so very true. Read more.
OMA physicians and physician assistants are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to assure their patients and the public that by following public health measures we can greatly minimize spreading the virus.
The OMA will continue to advocate for measures that help treat patients suffering with the disease, support frontline healthcare workers, and encourage the public to help slow the spread of the pandemic to save lives.
The OMA supports stay-at-home policies that communicate the importance and the gravity of following aggressive social distancing practices to the public. These practices are essential to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 cases during this pandemic to prevent overwhelming our hospitals and preserving our healthcare workforce for the benefit and safety of all Oregonians.
COVID-19 response evolves rapidly, and so do corresponding guidelines, regulations, and best practices. Note that these archive versions of OMA communications may contain outdated information and web links. We do our best, however, to keep the other resources on this page updated. If you have a question about newsletter content, email the OMA.
To provide a consistent venue for COVID-19 information sharing, the OHA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dana Hargunani, MD, will host regular information sessions for Oregon healthcare providers at least two times per week.
The OHA has also posted archive links to the teleconferences from previous dates: Tuesday, March 24; Tuesday, March 31; Tuesday, April 7; and Tuesday, April 14.
Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: OHA COVID-19 Informational Session for All Providers
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Thursdays, 12-1:15 p.m.: OHA COVID-19 Learning Session for Clinicians | Project ECHO
All Oregon clinicians are encouraged to register for these weekly interactive sessions to learn the latest information on best practices in clinical management, clinical practice safety, testing, and the community public health response. Hosted by the Oregon ECHO Network at OHSU, the sessions are staffed by Dr. Hargunani and Multnomah County Health Officer Jennifer Vines, MD. A specialist panel, including other public health experts, clinicians, and epidemiologists, will share up-to-date knowledge, share COVID-19 clinical cases and answer questions. There will also be an opportunity for Oregon clinicians to present their own COVID- 19 cases for discussion and recommendations. To join, sign up for the full Project ECHO series through May 28, 2020. Or connect for individual learning sessions.