Dutch Bros. barista tests positive for coronavirus

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An employee from southern Oregon Dutch Bros. has tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, the company announced on Saturday.

The barista has worked six shifts at the store located at 1698 N.E. Seventh St. in Grants Pass in the past three weeks.

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They last worked Wednesday morning and tested positive for the disease Friday evening, the statement said. Other employees on duty that morning are currently isolated and on paid leave.

The company also said it had ordered a thorough cleaning of the Seventh Street site and was working with local health officials to assess its disinfection practices.

Josephine County, where Grants Pass is the county seat, has 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus and one person has died. Across Oregon, the state has 2,253 confirmed cases and 87 deaths.

The county’s median age is 47, about 10 years older than the U.S. average, and about a quarter of its residents are 65 or older according to the 2018 American Community Survey census.

People with underlying health conditions, such as chronic lung disease or asthma, as well as people over the age of 65, are particularly vulnerable to the new coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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