Patrick Allen, the director of the Oregon Health Authority, returned to duty this week after a long absence.
The agency declined to respond to requests for more information. He was working at his home in Sherwood throughout much of the pandemic. It’s not clear whether he is continuing to work from home.
Allen had a “serious” fall on Jan. 23 and was hospitalized, according to a news release from the agency two days later. He was evaluated for heart issues, the release said, and returned to his home in Sherwood within three days. The health authority said he did not have Covid.
During his seven-week absence, his deputy, Kris Kautz, ran the agency, including during the short legislative session. Normally, Allen would be testifying before legislative committees.
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