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Oregon potato processor rebounds from COVID-19

A local potato processing plant that reported several COVID-19 cases to Oregon Health Authority is back in full operation, with all employees recovered and back on the job.

Wong Potatoes reported five cases among employees of the business on April 20, one of the first locations in the state to have multiple cases.

Owner Dan Chin temporarily closed the operation, which employs 40 people, to contain the spread of the virus. But now three months later, the plant is currently open and operating, despite a difficult water year.

Chin said a couple, two longtime workers at Wong Potatoes, had likely contracted the virus from their child.

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