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Boring tree wholesaler workplace outbreak grows from 10 to 42 cases since July 28

PMG FILE PHOTO - Within the 97055 zip code, 67 cases have been reported as of  Wednesday, Sept. 10. While this week's Oregon Health Authority report shows another overall decline in positive COVID-19 tests and the weekly statewide death toll, in the Sandy area there was an increase in positive tests. Nine more positive tests have now been reported in the 97055 ZIP code, amounting to 67 total cases as of the Sept. 10 report.

"During the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 26,855 Oregonians were tested for COVID-19, and 4.3% of them had a positive result. Not all positive tests represent new cases; some are from specimens collected from people who had already been counted as presumptive cases," the report said.

"During Monday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 6, OHA recorded 1,477 new cases of COVID-19 infection — down another 5% from last week's tally of 1,558. This marks the fifth consecutive week of declining case counts. The percentage of tests that were positive fell from 4.4% to 4.3%. Twenty-three Oregonians were reported to have died, compared to 39 last week. The 25,155 cases reported in Oregon to date computes to 665 cases per 100,000 Oregonians; of these, 482 Oregonians — 1.7% of all cases reported to date—have died in association with COVID-19, giving a mortality rate of 11.4 deaths per 100,000 Oregonians."

"The age group with the highest incidence of reported infection continues to be 20– to 29-year-olds. Persons under 30 years of age have accounted for 37% of reported cases but only 0.7% of hospitalizations and 0.01% of deaths. Reported COVID-19 case rates decrease in subsequent decades of life, but hospitalization and death rates increase with age; 228 (47%) of the 482 deaths have been among persons at least 80 years of age, and 354 (73%) in persons 70 and older."

Within the 97055 ZIP code, a total of 67 people have reportedly tested positive as of the Sept. 10 weekly report. The 97055 ZIP code consists of Sandy and the unincorporated Cherryville area. To date, the Oregon Health Authority has not released information noting how many people have recovered at the ZIP code level.

The ZIP codes that contain parts of unincorporated communities Boring, Eagle Creek, Damascus, Barton and Carver — 97009 and 97089 — have seen steady increases in cases over the past two months.

As of Sept. 10, the 97009 ZIP code had 60 cases, and the 97089 ZIP code had 78. These numbers reflect an increase of five cases in 97009 and three cases in 97089 over the course of the week.

Listed among this week's workplace outbreaks was J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. of Boring (within the 97009 ZIP code). The wholesale tree growers reportedly saw an initial outbreak of 10 cases, starting on July 28. The investigation into the outbreak began the following day. According to this week's report, the case number related to this outbreak has risen to 42 cases.

For months, the Welches, Zigzag and Rhododendron communities had no reports of positive cases, and Government Camp has not been included in the weekly reports.


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