7-13-2020 Workplace Outbreak in Hood River County

Seven Hood River County residents who are employed at Columbia Gorge Organic Packing House have tested positive for COVID-19. Hood River County Health Department is working with complete cooperation of management at the plant to support these employees. Columbia Gorge Organic is a local, second generation, family owned business specializing in certified organic fruit. They have been following all guidelines from the governor’s office, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and continue to work with these partners to minimize the potential of other employees being infected. As the contact tracing continues we will be trying to identify if these cases have a commonality other than the workplace where the virus could have been contracted.

Hood River County Health Department continues to stress the Four Pillars of Protection to be practiced at home as well as in your workplace to slow the spread of this disease:

Consider how risky the activity you are considering is based on these four questions:

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and there are indications that it can be passed to others before symptoms appear making the use of face coverings very important to slowing the spread. Please if you are not feeling well, stay home, call your doctor and test for COVID if advised. DO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC. If you are well, protect yourself by continuing to maintain social distancing when you are in public and wearing a cloth face covering. Do not go out or to work if you have even mild cold or flu like symptoms. Stay home until your symptoms have fully resolved, and you have been without symptoms for 72 hours (3 days) without the use of medication. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. Most importantly wash your hands thoroughly and frequently!


  1. Masks have been now proven to cause lethal blood clots, thereby also making even a mild virus case fatal.


    The State of Oregon is fully aware of this mask risk and is suppressing it. That is illegal, and lawsuits, massive ones, are in the works.

    You want to unseat Brown permanently? Join the lawsuits. Her entire administration will be named as an entity and so you and I are guaranteed not just money but legal justice.

    The masks have killed Oregonians by exacerbating their virus cases, and is killing more of us with excess blood clots.

    You want to die, wear a mask. You want to live, sue Brown into political oblivion.

    Your choice, your body, your face. NOT THEIRS.

  2. I did a quick Google search on masks and blood clotting and there was no report or study linking them. Ohio State University, Cornell, NIH, and other entities have published reports on blood clotting complications from Covid-19. The findings of what increases morbidity and mortality related to blood clotting with Covid-19 are being male, being obese, and being a diabetic. There is a wide range regarding mask protective efficacy in filtering the SARS-Cov-2 virus – single layer cotton such as a T-shirt is minimally effective while an N-95 mask is designed to block 95% of particles such as the droplets that are considered the primary spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. The current surge in Covid-19 cases in the U.S. is felt to be likely because people are not wearing masks and social distancing, which the wearing of masks being felt to be very slightly more important according to some researchers. The countries such as Taiwan and Vietnam had high compliance rates for wearing masks.
    From my cursory research, I would say the claim that wearing a mask leads to blood clots and death is completely without foundation (particularly since I often wear a mask for metal working, painting, and seasonal allergies and I am still alive….)

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