7-15-20 Tofurky Workplace Outbreak

This is the second workplace outbreak this week. Six Hood River County residents and one who lives in Wasco County who are associated to Tofurky have tested positive for COVID-19. Four are employees and three non-employee family members. Hood River County Health Department is working in cooperation with Tofurky leadership to support these employees. Tofurky is a local family owned business manufacturing plant-based protein. 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. These individuals didn’t necessarily contract COVID-19 at the workplace, but the workplace is the shared commonality between them.

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:

1 – Wash hands frequently, 2 – Wear a face covering, 3 – Physical distance, 4 – Stay home if you are ill.

Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible, effective July 15th. Children  over the age of 2 and under the age of 12 are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering but the accommodation cannot be permitting them to go without a mask.

Symptoms of COVID-19 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!

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