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Portland Daily Round Up: Oregon DOJ investigating Center for COVID Control, Portland man creates website to find tests

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, Jan. 13 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Oregon DOJ investigating Center for COVID Control for unlawful trade practices

The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating the Center for COVID Control, a COVID-19 testing company, for unlawful trade practices after receiving complaints. The company operates three sites in the Portland area, one in northeast, southeast and one in Tigard.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, it has not received any test results from the Center for COVID Control. OHA also confirmed it hasn’t provided the company with any funding and said it has elevated the issue to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Oregon’s attorney general said to look out for anything suspicious, like charging out of pocket fees, not displaying logos or asking for sensitive information, when visiting a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. Anyone who thinks they’ve been scammed by a testing site is asked to file a complaint with the Oregon DOJ or call the attorney general’s hotline.

2. Pedestrian struck, killed on Glisan on-ramp to I-205

Portland police say a pedestrian was struck and killed early Thursday on the ramp to Glisan Street from Interstate 205. Officers responded to a report of a person pinned underneath a vehicle around 5:54 a.m. The person was dead by the time they arrived at the scene, according to police. The driver is reportedly cooperating with authorities.

Northeast Glisan Street is currently closed from Northeast 96th Avenue to Northeast 109th Avenue, as well as the on-ramp to I-205. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call (503) 823-2103 or email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 22-11218.

3. Portland software developer creates website to find at-home COVID tests online

A Portland software developer has designed a website that tracks at-home COVID test kits online, identifying 17 tests every 60 seconds from multiple online retailers including Walgreens and Amazon. The website, created by Scott Krager, was designed to help shoppers find test kits amid supply chain issues and a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.

“I had a lot of friends over the holidays who were like, ‘Where can I get a test, Scott? You got some tests, where did you buy these?’” Krager told KGW. “I just want to be able to send them a link, they can hit a button and they can check six different sites at once.”

The new website comes as the Biden administration recently approved a new policy that will require insurance companies to reimburse people for up to eight COVID tests a month.

The Oregon Health Authority also launched a new website, designed as a resource for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. People can report results from at home tests so OHA can keep better track of case numbers.

4. Oregon National Guard deployed to hospitals facing omicron surge

As COVID-19 hospitalizations rise across the state, the Oregon National Guard is being deployed to more than 50 hospitals to assist hospital staff with the influx of patients. According to Gov. Kate Brown, 1,200 Oregon National Guard members are being deployed. The first 500 will mobilize this week, and an additional 700 will be deployed next week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 756 people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday, up 29 patients from Tuesday. Many of the hospital receiving assistance are in the Portland area, including OHSU, Legacy, Providence and Kaiser. More resources will be deployed if necessary.

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