Coronavirus outbreaks have been disclosed at Clatsop Retirement Village and Big River Excavating in Astoria.
At least six coronavirus cases are tied to Clatsop Retirement Village, an assisted living facility which operates under the umbrella of Clatsop Care Health District. The cases date back to Jan. 5.
Seven cases have been reported at Big River Excavating dating back to Dec. 28.
The Oregon Health Authority disclosed the outbreaks as part of a weekly report released on Wednesday.
The health authority discloses outbreaks at businesses with 30 or more workers once five virus cases are reported. Outbreaks at assisted living and other care facilities are reported after three cases or one death.
Clatsop County declined to provide more information about the outbreaks.
“The first positive case at Clatsop Retirement Village was identified through routine weekly all-staff testing near the first of the year,” Clarissa Johnson, Clatsop Care Health District’s community outreach director, said in an email. “Since CRV completed baseline COVID-19 testing of all staff and residents in September, they have continued to test staff weekly, exceeding the frequency guidance set for assisted living communities. The recent positive case reported to the county is the first identified positive case at the retirement village.
“After the positive case was identified, all staff and residents were tested again within the next 24 hours. The swiftness at which the staff were able to complete testing, and put quarantine guidance in place, directly related to their ability to isolate further spread of the virus.
“Since the six cases were first reported to Public Health, continual testing has been performed and no additional staff or residents have tested positive. Residents who tested positive were asymptomatic; experiencing no symptoms. Clatsop Retirement Village follows PPE (personal protective equipment) guidance, requiring all staff to wear surgical masks and face shields or approved eye protection while in the building, and follow social distancing guidance to the greatest extent possible.”
It is the county’s first publicly reported outbreak at a care facility during the pandemic.
Staff and residents at the retirement village have not yet been vaccinated.
The retirement village is working to secure vaccinations with its pharmacy, Consonus Healthcare Services. The first dose will likely be administered in early February.
Staff and residents at Clatsop Care Health and Rehabilitation Center, the health district’s skilled nursing facility, have received the vaccine.
Gov. Kate Brown has limited visitation at care facilities since the start of the pandemic because of the increased health risks and potential spread among seniors.
Outbreaks at care facilities throughout the state are tied to a disproportionate share of virus-related deaths.
Since December, Clatsop County has shifted back and forth from high risk for the virus to extreme risk under the state’s designation. Indoor visitation at care facilities is prohibited in counties at extreme risk.
Big River Excavating could not immediately be reached for comment on the workplace outbreak.