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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. “They brought it to the shed before they knew they really had it,” Chin told The Herald and News.

Three other employees also tested positive for COVID-19. At the time, Chin closed the potato plant for one week and all employees were tested for the virus.

“It was contained at five, it was all we had,” Chin said. “Those five have since recovered. They came back to work two weeks later and they’re all fine. It’s one of them things, you never know where it’s going to come from, and who has it,” Chin added. He noted that none of the individuals with cases showed symptoms. “It was scary for all our employees and ourselves,” Chin added.

Source: Farm and Ranch. Read the full story here

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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