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Oregon reports 3 more COVID-19 deaths, 33 cases, Clackamas County outbreak

Oregon coronavirus MGN

(Update: Adding Bob's Red Mill statement; now at 14 cases)

No new Central Oregon COVID-19 cases added Tuesday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 157, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday.

Oregon Health Authority reported 33 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, bringing the state total to 4,335 cases, along with 129,874 negative results.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (1), Hood River (4), Lincoln (2), Linn (1), Marion (8), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (1), Wasco (2), Washington (4).

Oregon’s 155th COVID-19 death was a 36-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on May 31 and died the same day at Adventist Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 156th COVID-19 death was a 66-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on April 1 and died on May 22 at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 157th COVID-19 death was an 81-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on April 6 and died on May 26 at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

No new Central Oregon cases were reported Tuesday. Deschutes County has had 127 cases, with 5,842 negative test results. Jefferson County remains at 44 cases, with 991 negative test results. Crook County has had six cases and 604 negative test results.

Outbreak Reported at Bob’s Red Mill

An outbreak of 13 COVID-19 cases has been reported at Bob’s Red Mill in Clackamas County.

Nine production facility workers at Bob’s Red Mill have tested positive for COVID-19, CEO Dennis Vaughn confirmed in a statement Monday, The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported. The Milwaukie-based company produces and distributes popular grain products nationwide. Workers who have tested positive were sent home on paid leave, he said.

Bob's Red Mill issued this statement Tuesday from  from Dennis Vaughn, CEO.

“We are sad to report that 14 employees at our production facility in Milwaukie, Oregon, have tested positive for COVID-19. All are home to rest and quarantine with full pay. We are hopeful for mild cases and speedy recoveries. Upon positive testing, we immediately implemented contact tracing. Out of an abundance of caution, additional employees who may have been in contact despite social distancing are also at home to quarantine.

"All our employee-owners are working hard to meet demand for our products as a record number of families cook at home. Their health and safety are obviously top priority, and we are working closely with the Oregon Health Authority to ensure we are doing everything possible to prevent further spread of COVID-19. You can learn more about what we’re doing here:”

State and county public health officials are working to investigate the outbreak and protect the health of workers. The outbreak investigation started on May 27.

The risk to the general public from this outbreak is low, OHA said. If you have questions or concerns about your risk of exposure, please contact your health care provider.

OHA said more information about this outbreak will be added to the COVID-19 Weekly Report, published Wednesday.

Last week, OHA announced that it will begin reporting large COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces. This will include all past and future outbreaks that involve five or more COVID-19 cases in a workplace setting. OHA is in the process of compiling information on past outbreaks for public disclosure.

OHA is now including a link to the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update in the daily news release. The Daily Update is a detailed look at COVID-19 in Oregon, including testing data, hospital capacity, and cases broken down by demographic information such as age groups, gender, race and ethnicity.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day:

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