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.
— OR Health Authority (@OHAOregon) June 8, 2020