A person who went to work while ill is probably the cause of two separate outbreaks of Covid-19 in Oregon

The action in question: a person knowingly went to work while he was ill and later tested positive for the virus, Douglas County officials said last week.

Two separate outbreaks of Covid-19 have now been traced back to that person, officials said. Seven people died as a result of the first outbreak, and hundreds of people were forced to isolate themselves from the second.

“One of these outbreaks resulted in seven deaths, and the other outbreak recently quarantined more than 300 people / families,” a Douglas County government statement said on December 17. “We can’t even imagine the extraordinary remorse these people are feeling right now and sympathizing with.”

County officials referred to the incident as an “over-spreading action,” calling it “one of the most troubling issues we face right now.” It is a return to the term “overworked event”, which refers to large gatherings in person, such as weddings, parties or religious services where the presence of an infected person has the potential to stimulate a viral outbreak.

They also urged people to stay home if they have symptoms and follow other safety protocols.

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Officials did not share the work of the infected person or when they went to work while they were ill.

Douglas County, which is in southern Oregon and has a population of about 111,000, has registered a total of 1,315 cases of Covid-19 since Tuesday. This includes people who have tested positive for the virus, as well as people who are supposed to be positive.

Thirty-seven people have died of Covid-19 in the county, and nine patients are currently hospitalized with the virus, according to the latest county data.

Last week, Douglas County was among 29 counties in Oregon that state officials said were “extremely at risk” of spreading the virus.
Oregon has reported about 105,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 1,300 deaths since Tuesday, and infections have risen since November.