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May 18: In response to today’s injunction on executive orders, OHSU hosts press conference to discuss personal, community actions to slow the spread of COVID-19

Experts to discuss benefits of slowing disease, and risks of opening too quickly



Public health and medical experts are available to discuss the evidence-based benefits of public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, including the need for: physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings, hand hygiene, and wearing face masks.

The experts will also be available to discuss: how slowing the spread of the disease improves access to health care treatment, allows the economy to be more fully open, and the risks if there are moves to open too quickly.


  • Renee Edwards, M.D., M.B.A., chief medical officer of OHSU Health
  • Bruce Goldberg, M.D., professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Jeff Absalon, M.D., F.A.C.P., chief physician executive, St. Charles Health System
  • Christine Bartlett, M.S.N., N.P., director of adult critical care nursing, OHSU


Monday, May 18, 3:15 p.m. PT


Media can join the conference via:

  1. Webex video conference:
  2. Phone (audio only):
    1-415-655-0001 US toll-free
    Access code: 925 073 883


Editors: Please RSVP to OHSU Communications at



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