Springfield’s soaring dole is approaching 300; 3 postal codes are the hot spots

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The total positive coronavirus-related cases of Dole Fresh Vegetables in Springfield plants are now over 270, according to the Clark County District Health Combine.

Factory mass test results from Saturday returned 236 positive results, CCCHD spokeswoman Emma Smales said. Before the tests, the county confirmed 38 positive cases related to the epidemic.

Smales says all of the 829 employees’ test weekend results are in, but the neighborhood is still going through data to make sure they don’t have all the duplicate results.

“But that number shouldn’t vary by more than one or two,” Smales said. “But as the search for contacts continues and contacts are identified, the total number epidemic will increase.”

Charles Patterson, CCCHD Commissioner, said Dole officials were, “very helpful” and “went out of their way to help us.”
“They paid the employees to come in for the tests on Saturday,” Patterson said.

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But, despite the epidemic, the plant will remain open, according to a statement by William Goldfield, Dole’s director of corporate communications on Friday.

“According to our conversations with CCCHD, they maintain that the closure is not justified,” the statement said. “They will provide resources for driving back to work, screenings of our employees and are very focused on helping us get Dole back to work.”

The CCCHD says they have no power to shut down the plant. They said the fall of the Ohio Department of Health.

The Springfield News-Sun reaches ODH, which says it is not.

“They have the power to ask them to close. But they probably wouldn’t reach the state and ask them to do it instead because it’s a bigger business, “Melanie Amato, press secretary for the Ohio Department of Health said.

Amato said ODH disregarded Dole’s stop down.

“We are waiting to see what will happen now that we have all of these confirmed cases,” Amato said.

Ohio surpassed 40,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday. The state reported 43,731 total cases and 2,667 deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to the ODH.

In the past 24 hours, 609 cases have been reported in the state, which is slightly less than 700 new cases were reported on Thursday. In the past two days new numbers of cases jumped the opposite of the state average. In the past 21 days, the state has been to see an average of 436 new cases each day, according to ODH.

Thursday, Gouv. Mike DeWine called the increase in the number of cases in southwest Ohio, “disturbing.” He identified Clark, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery and Warren counties for their recent increase in positive tests.

DeWine even drilled down to zip codes specific to hot spots. Three of Clark County zip codes from the list – 45503, 45505 and 45506.

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“If you live in these zip codes, that should be a warning to you,” DeWine said.

People in zip codes are advised to take extra care and be aware that the community of virus spread is more common in their areas.

Patterson said that the extra precautions that residents could take in the three postal codes are the same precautions that all residents take, “no matter where you live in Clark County.”

“We have been saying for a couple of weeks now that our business is going up. Social distancing and the ribbon are the things you should do, ”Patterson said. “You can’t tell the difference because the people in the ‘05, ‘06 ‘03 zip codes – they travel across our community and we know the virus is not just in these areas.”

DeWine mentioned on Thursday that counties with hot spot postal codes could see the Ohio National Guard’s help in testing residents.

Smales said the neighborhood has started working with the state to set up a pop-up test site and will release more details to the general public when they know more.

“We hope to get something there soon, but these talks are underway,” Amato said.

Clark County had 606 cases, the death of seven people and a probable death of the coronavirus on Friday afternoon, according to ODH of the website.

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