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The Portland Japanese Garden shuts after two coronavirus cases are diagnosed among employees, management says.

FILE  - Portland's Japanese Garden is shown here. The gates have swung shut at the Portland Japanese Garden.

Management announced two "unrelated cases" of the coronavirus among employees, including one case diagnosed on Tuesday, July 14.

"It has been 13 days since the first case has been on site," the managers wrote, but given the second case, "we made the decision to close the Garden immediately."

A deep-cleaning is planned, and the garden will be temporarily closed through at least Friday, July 17, the garden said, citing an "abundance of caution."

"Throughout our re-opening process, we have been acting in accordance with the guidance provided by the CDC, the State of Oregon, and Governor Brown to be a safe and restorative place for our community," according to a statement. "However, as the number of daily cases are on the rise in Oregon, we believe it is prudent to act with an abundance of caution and temporarily close the garden again. The safety and well-being of our staff & community is paramount to us."


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