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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Here is the latest information from April 25, 2020, in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:
Oregon COVID-19 death toll reaches 87
Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management reported 1 new COVID-19-related death and 76 new cases Saturday, bringing the state’s death toll to 87.
The new cases of the coronavirus were reported in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (5), Coos (4), Deschutes (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson (3), Linn (4), Marion (15), Multnomah (27), Polk (4), Umatilla (3), Washington (8).
The state’s 87th fatality from the virus was a 59-year-old man from Lane County, reports the Oregon Health Authority. He first tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 14, and passed away on Thursday, April 23. The OHA said he had underlying medical conditions.
Washington COVID-19 death toll reaches 738
On Saturday, Washington state’s Department of Health reported that a total of 738 people have died from the coronavirus.
According to the DoH, 13,319 people have been diagnosed with the virus.
More employees at Foster Farms’ Kelso plant test positive for COVID-19
On April 17, Foster Farms disclosed that three people at its Kelso, Washington plant had tested positive for the coronavirus. Since that initial report, the company said on Saturday that “two additional positive cases have been reported subsequently.”
Following the additional reported cases, Foster Farms reached out to the Cowlitz County Public Health Department for help testing its employees. The company said 77 workers were tested this week for the virus. Of those 77, four more people tested positive. The results for six people are still pending.
Foster Farms said the rest of the employees “on the packaging floor where the first positives occurred” will be tested this coming week, starting on Monday, April 27.
“The steps Foster Farms has taken, in conjunction with the Cowlitz County Public Health Department, are prudent measures to ensure that the plant can continue to operate safely. The additional plant testing beginning Monday will provide further insights that will enable Foster Farms to enhance the plant’s safety strategy,” said Dr. David Acheson, member of Foster Farms’ Food Safety Advisory Board, in a statement.