Outbreaks at food production facilities drive spike in Oregon coronavirus cases

Between Sunday and Monday, the Oregon Health Authority attributed roughly 120 COVID-19 cases to a seafood company in Lincoln County.

Posted: Jun 8, 2020 2:24 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 2:40 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — A sustained jump in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oregon over the past several days can be traced to outbreaks at several food production facilities, the Oregon Health Authority reports.

On Sunday, the agency reported 156 new cases — breaking the state's single-day record for new cases — due in large part to an outbreak of 65 cases at Pacific Seafood in Lincoln County.

The next day, that outbreak continued to drive a boom in new cases. OHA reported 114 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the state on Monday, bringing the state total to 4,922.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases were in the following counties: Clackamas (13), Hood River (3), Jefferson (1), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (61), Marion (8), Multnomah (16), Umatilla (8), Washington (2). Again, OHA said that the high number of Lincoln County cases could be traced to Pacific Seafood.

However, Monday did bring good news — a break in the count of deaths attributed to COVID-19. That number remained at 164 after a single fatality reported on Sunday.

OHA also reported a new outbreak at a separate food production facility, this time at Chaucer Foods in Washington County. As of Monday, there were 7 cases confirmed at the company.

The state's public health agency only recently began reporting COVID-19 outbreaks of more than five cases in a workplace of more than 30 employees.

"The outbreak investigation [at Chaucer Foods] started on May 31, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure," OHA said. "State and county public health officials are working to address the outbreak and protect the health of workers."

Oregon's single largest "workplace" outbreak is still the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, with 167 cases between both staff and inmates.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 207333

Reported Deaths: 2759
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Washington26826249
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Jackson11566146
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Yamhill478979
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Douglas390683
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Jefferson237539
Coos217537
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Crook129423
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Morrow115716
Clatsop10609
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Tillamook6604
Grant5527
Lake4688
Harney4359
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Gilliam811
Sherman701
Wheeler351
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Santa Barbara34624455
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Merced32317481
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Imperial28880741
Placer23633300
Kings23209247
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Santa Cruz16246209
Marin14207230
Yolo14157212
Butte12662198
Shasta12616235
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Napa1002980
Sutter9672113
Yuba651951
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Lassen579925
Tehama573963
Nevada493275
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Lake356445
Glenn243527
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Del Norte14658
Inyo143438
Mono12984
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Modoc5635
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