COVID outbreak closes Eastport Walmart, Frito-Lay Vancouver


Store will reopen Wednesday morning

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A COVID outbreak prompted the managers of the Walmart at Eastport Plaza to completely close the store until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The store, at 4000 SE 82nd, announced the closure on their Twitter feed.

Over the weekend, Multnomah County public health officials identified 10 cases associated with the Walmart at Eastport Plaza. But they provided no other information, citing privacy concerns. Officials did said they weren’t aware the store closed “nor did we recommend that.”

In a statement to KOIN 6 News, Walmart officials said: “The Portland Supercenter was temporarily closed Monday, November 30, for deep-cleaning and sanitization. The location will reopen Wednesday, December 2.”

They also declined to provide any further information citing privacy concerns.

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Frito-Lay in Vancouver also affected

Officials with Frito-Lay told KOIN 6 News they temporarily closed their Vancouver facility after “a limited number of employees” tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks.

The Frito-Lay facility in Vancouver, December 1, 2020 (KOIN)

“We have taken all necessary steps to identify and notify individuals who had direct contact with the COVID-19 positive employees and have asked those individuals to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days,” Frito-Lay officials said.

The plant has already been sanitized and they plan to resume “limited operations” Tuesday night. The disruption is not expected to significantly affect their inventory, officials said.

Since the pandemic began more than 9900 cases of COVID and 53 deaths have been linked to workplace outbreaks in Oregon. Out of the top 30 workplace outbreaks in the state, OSHA has inspected two.

OSHA has received more than 15,000 COVID complaints statewide. Most of the complaints are for employers not enforcing facial coverings or social distancing.

The biggest outbreak so far has been at the Snake River Correctional Institution — 547 cases. 

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