WARRENTON – Pacific Seafood suspended operations at a factory in Warrenton after a worker tested positive for the corona virus.
John King, general manager of seafood processing, said the worker was resting at home.
In a statement late Saturday, King said Pacific Seafood immediately halted operations and carried out professional sanitation for the factory. He said the company had signed a contract with Signature Health to test workers for the virus before reopening.
“This allows for rapid testing processing so that team members can return to work safely and also order free district testing services for those who are at the forefront and members of the community who need it most,” King said.
The Clatsop District Public Health Department could not be immediately contacted for comment.
Earlier Saturday, the county announced a new case of the virus, a man in his 40s living in the northern part of the county. Regency said the man was recovering at home.
The district said the man was not an employee at Bornstein Seafoods in Astoria, where 26 workers tested positive for the virus. Seventeen workers from Clatsop County, county said, while other cases involved workers from the Pacific, Grays Harbor and Cowlitz counties in Washington state.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 3,160 cases and 127 deaths from the corona virus across the state on Saturday morning.
Health authorities tracked 817 test results in Clatsop County, including 28 positive cases. However, the county puts the number of positive cases at 27 and believes the state counts cases from Washington state.
At a regional town hall in Zoom organized by state representative Tiffiny Mitchell on Thursday night, Michael McNickle, the district’s public health director, said the county was working with other seafood processors after the Bornstein Seafoods outbreak.
Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer said he reached out to the county after the outbreak to ensure precautions were taken. The Mayor said there was discussion of new operational guidelines and the potential to limit workers from being brought in from outside the area.
“I know that they are aware that this is a problem for the city, also with the workers, and fast enough to get there,” he said.
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