Douglas County sees first workplace outbreak

The Oregon Health Authority reported ROMTEC has six confirmed cases of COVID-19 since they began their investigation on July 1

Posted: Jul 16, 2020 6:17 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A small manufacturing company near Glide is recovering from a small COVID-19 workplace outbreak.

ROMTEC is a family-owned company that specializes in innovative building structures. The company has about 60 employees.

The Oregon Health Authority reported ROMTEC has seen six confirmed cases of COVID-19 since they began their investigation on July 1. OHA considers a workplace outbreak when five or more people test positive within a company. This is the first workplace outbreak in Douglas County. 

The company’s president told KEZI 9 News that four employees tested positive. The two other cases were associated with the ROMTEC cases.

“We are not clear about the initial source of infection,” said public health officer Bob Dannenhoffer. “But we do think people gave it to each other and gave it to people at home.”

Dannenhoffer said Douglas Public Health Network has been working closely with ROMTEC since the first case was reported.

OHA reported the ROMTEC outbreak is still active.

However, the president told KEZI 9 News that they’re at the “tail-end” of the outbreak. He said most of the cases have recovered and all the employees are back at work.

He said most of their employees are still working from home and social distancing when they are in the workplace.

Although the outbreak was small, Dannenhoffer said he hopes this is a reminder to keep yourself safe and others.

“Wear a mask in those areas you can’t maintain social distancing, wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick,” said Dannenhoffer.

As of Wednesday, OHA has reported 60 active workplace outbreaks in the state.

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