Oregon discloses 19 workplace coronavirus outbreaks; 65 new cases
According to a first-of-a-kind report issued by the Oregon Health Authority, five or more employees have been infected with the coronavirus in 19 different Oregon businesses and workplaces around the state.
Tops on the list is the Oregon State Penitentiary, with 167 employees infected.
Number two is an outbreak at Townsend Farms that was not disclosed at the time.
The report also discloses cases of five or more patients at hospitals in the past week. Salem Health Hospital leads the list with 43 suspected or confirmed patients, followed by Providence Portland Medical Center with 17.
Among senior care facilities and nursing homes that have not been closed, the biggest outbreak has been Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights, with 56 confirmed cases and 10 deaths.
After weeks of questions from news reporters about outbreaks in private businesses, the state announced last week it would release data on outbreaks of five employees or more. The new report will be issued weekly.
In a different report, the state announced that two more people have died, and the number of confirmed and presumed cases has grown by 65.
According to the state, the new cases include 18 in Marion County, 13 in Multnomah, seven in Clackamas, six in Hood River, and five in Washington County
The two deceased had underlying medical conditions, according to the state. They were:
•A Clackamas County man, 68, who tested positive May 21 and died June 2 at Providence Portland Medical Center.
•A Multnomah County man, 60, who tested positive April 17 and died May 30 at Providence Portland Medical Center.
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