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Two workers from Portland General Electric test positive out three employees in the past few weeks.

PMG FILE PHOTO - There are three more confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with Clackamas Community College. In an alert sent out to the community, Clackamas Community College announced that another Portland General Electric employee has tested positive for COVID, the second one on the Wilsonville campus in the past few weeks. The employee was last on the Wilsonville campus on Aug. 4 and is reportedly following self-isolation protocols.

CCC's previous case was reported on July 26 when the college learned a PGE employee had tested positive and was last on the Wilsonville campus on July 22. The employee reported being in the west end of the building.

CCC's Wilsonville campus, the college's original home to the high-tech manufacturing programs, partnered with PGE and Pacific Corp in 2000 to train students in utility-based work. In November, CCC halted in-person athletic programs after two employees and two students tested positive for COVID within two weeks.

CCC sent out an email on Aug. 7 reporting another employee has tested positive for COVID, this time on the Harmony campus. The employee was last on the campus on Aug. 3 in the Harmony East Testing Center. With all cases, the college says the employees then follow self-isolation protocols.

"We are sharing this message with all members of the community to provide awareness and understanding of what it means that a case has been confirmed at the college," says the college email.

Tom Sonoff, CCC director of college safety, said there have been about 17 COVID cases on campus since the beginning of the pandemic. Once a case is confirmed, CCC notifies any individuals who were in contact with the employee after exposure. If unvaccinated, they are asked to self-isolate for 14 days. The buildings are then cleaned, according to the college.

CCC reports all its positive COVID-19 cases to Clackamas County Public Health and works with the county to assess the significance of the exposure and who else may have come in contact with the positive case.

"We are supporting the employee, ensuring they have the resources they need. We wish them well and will provide assistance during this isolation," said the college.

CCC urges all members of the community to continue adhering to basic health and cleaning habits to best prevent the further spread of illness. For anyone that wants to receive information and updates relevant to every member of the community, you can visit the Return to Campus webpage.

"With the sheer volume of input and the increase in COVID-19 cases, we are taking more time to consider changing our Return to Campus Guidelines," said David Plotkin, CCC's vice-president of instruction and student services, in an email to staff on Aug. 5.

Until further notice, CCC is still requiring masks and social distancing when indoors on all three campuses. When outdoors, you do not need to wear a mask if you are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.


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