First employer cited for violating COVID-19 safety rules

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon workplace safety regulators have cited a food processor in Albany for unsafe practices after nearly three dozen of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The Democrat-Herald reports the $2,000 penalty against National Frozen Foods appears to be the first since Gov. Kate Brown ordered businesses to ensure distancing between workers. The state found Albany food manufacturer had employees standing as close as 2 feet apart, rather than 6 feet, as ordered by Brown. National Frozen Foods has 30 days to appeal the citation. The citation from Oregon OSHA stems from an inspection launched April 20 in response to multiple complaints.