Oregon Health Authority director recovering at home after being hospitalized for 'serious fall'

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Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen stands in an elevator as the doors close in the Oregon Capitol.
Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen stands in an elevator as the doors close in the Oregon Capitol.

This story was updated at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Pat Allen, the head of Oregon Health Authority, was discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home after a fall over the weekend, OHA said Wednesday.

Allen's family said he is "resting comfortably at his house in Sherwood after being discharged Tuesday evening," officials wrote in a statement.

Allen said he is “looking forward to returning to work," though health authority officials have not announced the date of his return.

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Pat Allen, the head of the Oregon Health Authority, was hospitalized after a fall Sunday, OHA announced Tuesday.

Allen was taken to the hospital "early Sunday morning in response to a serious fall," the agency said in a statement. He "is undergoing evaluation for subsequent heart issues and expected to be discharged to home soon."

Allen doesn't have COVID-19, the agency said.

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Deputy Director Kris Kautz will fill in and oversee agency operations "for at least this week during Director Allen’s absence," the agency said.

Allen was made director of the state's health agency in September 2017. Previously, he led the state's Department of Consumer and Business Services.

The agency has had a higher profile in the past two years as it has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Director Allen has helped Oregon get through the COVID-19 pandemic with among the lowest rates of hospitalizations and deaths in the nation," Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement Tuesday. "I’m grateful for the difficult, life-saving contributions he’s made to Oregon’s pandemic response. He is in my thoughts and I wish him a very speedy recovery.”

Nearly 6,000 Oregonians have died from COVID-19.

According to the New York Times' COVID-19 tracker, Oregon had 141 deaths from COVID-19 per 100,000 people as of midday Tuesday.

Of the 50 U.S. states, only five — Washington, Utah, Maine, Vermont and Hawaii — had lower death rates. The U.S. rate is 262 in 100,000 people.

As of Tuesday, 47 in 100,000 Americans were hospitalized with COVID-19. In Oregon, that rate is 28 in 100,000.

Claire Withycombe is a reporter at the Statesman Journal. Contact her at cwithycombe@statesmanjournal.com, 503-910-3821 or follow on Twitter @kcwithycombe.

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