COVID-19 Cluster Reported At A Mid-Valley Fruit Packing Facility

The Hood River County Health Department announced Friday that a fruit packing facility in the Mid-Valley has been identified as having a cluster of COVID-19 cases.  According to the Department, the cluster has occurred at Webster Orchards/The Fruit Company, even though the exact source has not been identified, meaning health officials cannot trace anyone to another case, indicating that it was community acquired.  Whenever more than one COVID-19 case is linked to an agricultural or long term care facility it is classified as an “outbreak” by the Oregon Health Authority.  Once five or more cases ae identified, the OHA releases the information in its weekly report.  The department says the company is providing housing, food, and support for their employees, adding officials feel the outbreak is well controlled at this time, noting the company had put safeguards in place for their employees before the outbreak started.

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