The Oregon Health Authority cannot produce a written evaluation of a long-delayed phone application intended to slow COVID-19 by warning people about exposure to the coronavirus.
Months after agency officials said they were actively “assessing the results” of a trial conducted at Oregon State University, state officials now say they have no final documentation about efforts to evaluate the project.
The decision by state officials not to formally assess the technology helps explain why the project has been delayed for months, leaving Oregon as one of just four states along or west of the Continental Divide that has failed to adopt the technology.
This technology could have been useful months ago if widely adopted. It borders on pointless now that vaccinations are rapidly decreasing case numbers. It is in no way surprising that the Oregon Health Authority has again dropped the ball.