Nearly 100 Test Positive For COVID-19 At Oregon Seafood Processing Plant

Dozens of employees at seafood processing plant in Warrenton, OR have tested positive for the coronavirus. Clatsop County officials announced over the weekend that 94 workers at Pacific Seafood tested positive for the virus, which may trace back to Labor Day weekend events. The Oregon Health Authority is taking the lead in arranging for quarantine of the affected individuals, conducting contact tracing and testing additional employees.

John King, general manager at Pacific Seafood Warrenton, told The Associated Press Thursday the company is partnering with the state to respond to the cases that have been tied to “Labor Day social activities.”

“Pacific Seafood is thankful for the continued support and partnership of Oregon Health Authority and other local and state health agencies as we tackle this evolving global health crisis together to keep our workers and communities safe and healthy,” King said in an emailed statement.

In May, an outbreak at Pacific Seafood in Warrenton was linked to 15 COVID-19 cases. Another worker at Pacific Seafood tested positive in late June, leading to a clash between the county and the seafood processor over whether other workers should quarantine or continue working. The Oregon Health Authority then took over some response measures.

The Clackamas, OR-based company had one of the largest workplace outbreaks in the state in June with 187 cases tied to its Newport plants. An outbreak at the company’s Clackamas operation in July and August was tied to 14 cases, according to Oregon officials, while an outbreak in Coos County was linked to six cases.

Food processing plants have seen large coronavirus outbreaks within the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States.

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