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Asymptomatic Resident Isolated At Washington Soldiers Home

<p>There is currently no vaccine to prevent contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.</p>

There is currently no vaccine to prevent contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

UPDATE (2:25 p.m. PT) — Oregon state and local health officials reported 58 new coronavirus diagnoses  Sunday. That brings Oregon’s confirmed case total to 2,311.

Health officials also reported four new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the number of people known to have died of COVID-19 in Oregon to 91.

The Oregon Health Authority detailed the four new fatalities as:

A 51-year-old man in Wasco County, who tested positive on April 19 and died on April 24 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

A 70-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 12 and died on April 18 at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

A 75-year-old woman in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 18 and died on April 25 at Adventist Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

A 93-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on April 9 and died on April 22 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Celilo Village leader Bobby Begay dies of COVID-19

The Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission announced on its Facebook page the death of Bobby Begay from complications of COVID-19.

Begay is described as Celilo Village leader, Yakama tribal member, and the lead fish technician for CRITFC. 

The post goes on to say, "Bobby was dedicated to his family, the Celilo community, salmon, the river, and tribal culture. He was a bridgebuilder who connected many groups and individuals across cultural divides."

COVID-19 cases found in Washington meat processors

Cowlitz County Health officials have announced that four county residents who tested positive for COVID-19 all work at a Foster Farms poultry processing plant in Kelso, Washington. Officials said 77 employees have been tested, with six test results pending as of Saturday. 

Washington health officials will conduct a second round of testing at Foster Farms for approximately 115 additional employees on Monday.

The news follows a much larger outbreak at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Wallula, near Pasco. As of Friday afternoon, 111 workers tested positive in the plant. All have been sent home to isolate. 

The plant has been the site of a growing number of cases over the past week, with the company saying it would implement more safety measures in an attempt to avoid shutting down.

Dutch Bros employee tests positive

A Dutch Bros employee in Grants Pass has tested positive for COVID-19, The Daily Courier reports.

The coffee company announced in a statement Saturday that the unnamed employee began exhibiting symptoms of the virus during a day shift Wednesday morning, and worked part of a full shift. All employees who had direct contact with the ill employee have been put on paid leave as they self-isolate.

The company announced the location would undergo a deep cleaning; it has already directed preventive measures for employees, including increased handwashing, denying the use of personal mugs, using masks and suspending walk-up orders.

Through April 17, Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administration received 40 complaints across the state that alleged Dutch Bros employees failed to comply with social distancing guidelines inside the company’s small drive-through stands.

Washington cases climb; asymptomatic soldiers’ home resident diagnosed

State health officials announced Friday that a resident at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting tested positive for COVID-19. Through testing, that case was identified in an asymptomatic resident, who has since been isolated from others. Results are pending for 90 other people who live at the home.

Clark County Public Health on Friday confirmed six new cases of coronavirus in the county. There are now 327 confirmed cases there.

The agency also announced two new coronavirus-related deaths Friday — a man and woman, both in their 80s.

To date, 19 people in Clark County are known to have died of COVID-19.

The latest available data from the Washington Department of Health show 13,319 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus and 738 related deaths.



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