Woodburn care facilities, labor contractor, among new reported Covid outbreaks

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A Woodburn labor contractor and three local nursing homes are the latest facilities in Marion and Polk counties to report Covid outbreaks.

Most existing workplace and long-term care facility outbreaks added few new cases of the virus in the past week, according to a Aug. 19 report from the Oregon Health Authority. No long-term care facilities in Marion or Polk County reported new deaths from the virus.

Dallas Retirement Village, at 377 Northwest Jasper Street in Dallas, has reported four residents or employees with Covid since an outbreak began on July 31. The weekly reports only lists facilities with at least three cases of Covid or at least one death.

Also reporting new outbreaks are French Prairie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 601 Evergreen Road in Woodburn, with three cases of the virus since Aug. 5, and Country Meadows,  at 155 Evergreen Road in Woodburn, with six cases in an outbreak beginning Aug. 10. Neither facility has reported any deaths.

Farmington Square Assisted Living, 960 Boone Rd. S.E. in Salem, added one additional case for a total of 34 residents and employees with Covid, and seven deaths in an outbreak starting June 23.

The outbreak at Farmington had been confined to one building in the facility, with about half the reported cases in patients. Affected patients have either died or recovered since the outbreak began, spokesman John Heitkemper said. The new case is in an employee in a different building who began experiencing symptoms of Covid while away from work and was tested Aug. 10, he said. That employee last worked Aug. 6 and was not in contact with residents, and no other employees or residents are showing symptoms of Covid, he said.

Tierra Rose Care Center, a nursing home at 4254 Weathers St. N.E., now has 10 residents or employees with Covid, up from three last week. The outbreak there began July 28.

Silver Creek Senior Living, on 708 Evergreen Road in Woodburn, reported no new cases this week and remains at three.

Cedar Village, an assisted living facility located at 4452 Lancaster Dr. N.E., remains at four cases of Covid.

Capitol Manor in west Salem added one new case, for a total of eight.

Hidden Lakes Independent Living didn’t report any additional cases in the last two weeks and remains at seven since an outbreak was first reported on June 18. One person has died.

Eleven Marion County employers have active Covid outbreaks, mostly in food processing, correctional facilities and health care providers. Polk County has no active workplace outbreaks.

A labor contractor based in Woodburn, Santos Labor Force, reported five employees with Covid in an outbreak that began July 20, with the most recent employee showing symptoms starting Aug. 7.

Oregon Health Authority reports workplace outbreaks with five or more employees at the same location weekly.

Salem Hospital reported four additional employees with Covid, with the most recent person showing symptoms of illness starting Aug. 8. To date, 38 hospital workers have contracted the virus, according to the report.

After recording no new illnesses last week, the Amazon fulfillment center in Salem added nine people to its outbreak, for a total of 29 cases. The most recent case began Aug. 14.

PanAmerican Berry Growers, a farm near Brooks, now has 28 cases of Covid, up from 22 last week, with the most recent employee falling sick on Aug. 6.

Oregon State Hospital reported two more virus cases, for a total of 15. Hospital spokeswoman Erin Dahl said all cases were among employees and declined to say whether those employees worked on the same unit. Dahl said the hospital has completed contact tracing. No patients have tested positive at the Salem hospital since the pandemic began in March, and 308, about 60% have tested negative.

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn reported two additional cases, for a total of nine.

The NORPAC food packing plant on 4755 Brooklake Rd., reported seven cases, up from five last week, with the most recent falling ill on Aug. 12. An outbreak at the other NORPAC facility in Salem, located on 2498 Madrona Ave., is now considered over. That facility had reported 18 cases since June 5.

No new cases of the virus were reported at Keizer’s In-n-Out Burger, Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem cabinet manufacturer CabDoor, or the BrucePac plant in Woodburn, but those outbreaks are still considered active because of the dates the most recent employees began showing symptoms of illness.

Contact reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.

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Rachel Alexander is Salem Reporter’s managing editor. She joined Salem Reporter when it was founded in 2018 and covers city news, education, nonprofits and a little bit of everything else. She’s been a journalist in Oregon and Washington for a decade. Outside of work, she’s a skater and board member with Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby and can often be found with her nose buried in a book.