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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

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 320990

Reported Deaths: 3682
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah52083644
Washington35615280
Marion33366399
Clackamas27185275
Lane24597256
Jackson21336267
Deschutes17215104
Umatilla13006129
Douglas10969202
Linn1083488
Josephine8772173
Yamhill7704101
Klamath666493
Polk642172
Malheur494667
Benton474228
Coos436272
Columbia333539
Jefferson325747
Lincoln283430
Union280938
Wasco248139
Crook220639
Clatsop217526
Tillamook185123
Baker180524
Morrow170721
Curry168617
Hood River165835
Harney88318
Grant8678
Lake7418
Wallowa54012
Gilliam1404
Sherman1333
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

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Cases: 4680552

Reported Deaths: 68599
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles145417226013
Riverside3600584843
San Diego3543914051
San Bernardino3490475540
Orange3162215384
Sacramento1516592138
Santa Clara1411661844
Fresno1373871927
Kern1369321532
Alameda1168001333
San Joaquin983511628
Ventura982921134
Contra Costa96331924
Stanislaus814771256
Tulare74142898
San Mateo52540612
San Francisco52328615
Monterey49733567
Solano44452312
Santa Barbara43353505
Merced39734546
Sonoma39609384
Placer37033367
Imperial34462755
Kings30419293
San Luis Obispo28582318
Madera22042263
Butte21781236
Shasta21374290
Santa Cruz20255214
Yolo19359239
Marin17200242
El Dorado16194130
Sutter13228154
Napa1235295
Yuba937161
Nevada856885
Tehama843786
Humboldt843093
San Benito711470
Mendocino698476
Lassen653027
Tuolumne623393
Lake613592
Amador498859
Glenn407530
Siskiyou406241
Calaveras351170
Del Norte342035
Colusa293918
Inyo168539
Mono15145
Plumas12676
Mariposa102713
Trinity74310
Modoc6278
Sierra1980
Unassigned1370
Alpine1010
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