Two new Cowlitz COVID cases; 1 new case in Wahkiakum | Local

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Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Cowlitz County, bringing the county total to 62, and a third case was reported in Wahkiakum County.

The Cowlitz COVID-19 incident management team no longer specifies which cases are related to Foster Farms employees or to any business, unless the need arises. No further information on the two new Cowlitz cases was released on Wednesday.

Wahkiakum County health officials on Wednesday reported a third case of the virus in someone exposed outside the county as a result of work. The person is not related to the Foster Farms chicken processing plant in Kelso or Bornstein Seafood Co. in Astoria, both of which have had virus outbreaks, said Chris Bischoff, director of the health department.

The new patient of the Wahkiakum coronavirus is in self-quarantine and does not need medical care at the moment, according to the health department. Staff work to identify close patient contacts.

“At this point, the possibility of this person’s community spread seems low,” according to a press release from the Ministry of Health in Wahkiakum.

Astoria’s Bornstein site temporarily closed on Monday after at least 13 employees tested positive for the virus. As of last week’s count, 16 workers from Foster Farms were positive.

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