Lane County sees 3 new workplace outbreaks

One more Lane County resident has died due to COVID-19.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 11:30 AM
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 3:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County Public Health is reporting three new workplace COVID-19 outbreaks on Thursday.

There are also 40 new cases for the county, bringing the total of confirmed and presumptive cases to 1,673. Of those, 279 remain infectious. At this time, 13 people are in the hospital.

The recent clusters involve businesses in three cities.

Officials said six cases have been tied to Kingsford Charcoal, 3315 Marcola Road in Springfield. Public health officials said the business is following public health protocols to reduce the spread.

At Seneca Sawmill in Noti, there have been 17 cases. Of those, 14 are Lane County residents. The sawmill is following protocols as well, officials said.

The final cluster is at Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, 2105 W. Broadway in Eugene. A total of 15 cases have been reported there.

One more resident has died, officials said on Thursday. The most recent death is an 82-year-old man from the Eugene-Springfield area who died Oct. 7. Officials said he tested positive on Sept. 25 and was not in the hospital at the time of his death.

Testing for wildfire evacuees continues at the Lane Events Center parking lot, 796 W. 13th Ave. The event will continue through 4 p.m. on Thursday and be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

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