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Douglas County worker tied to 7 Covid deaths

Health officials say the person went to work sick and later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Posted: Dec 24, 2020 3:09 PM
Updated: Dec 24, 2020 8:16 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.--Public health officials say a Covid “super spreader" indirectly caused the deaths of seven people in Douglas County.

Officials say the person, whose name and workplace has not been made public, knowingly went to work sick and eventually tested positive for Covid.

The workers actions resulted into two separate outbreaks, authorities said. One of the outbreaks led to the deaths while the other led to 300 people in quarantine.

“This is just what happens, even though we’re trying to keep the amount of disease low,"  Bob Dannenhoffer, public health officer, said.

He said they're doing everything they can to keep the case numbers and deaths low. However, he said, it's still up to the community to do their part in wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and staying away from large gatherings. 

Dannenhoffer said Douglas County has also struggled specifically with large gatherings. He said there were five "super spreader" events in the month of November, which lead to their spike in cases. 

“Gatherings are followed by cases, cases are followed by hospitalizations, and hospitalizations are followed by deaths," he said.

Dannenhoffer said he hopes the Covid "super spreader" situation motivates people to stop the spread in the community. 

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