COVID-19 numbers up in Linn County, but no new deaths


May 6, 2020

Linn County had 97 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, an increase from 78 one week earlier and 62 the week prior, according to information provided by the Oregon Health Authority.

The total now includes “presumptive cases,” which the OHA began reporting Monday. Statewide, the OHA reported 14 presumptive cases, which are those where a person is showing COVID-19 symptoms and has had close contact with a confirmed case. Those who later test positive based on a test for the virus, they will be categorized as confirmed cases.

Linn County had no new deaths. The Linn County death toll stands at seven.

The total number of positive COVID-19 tests and presumptive cases statewide increased to 2,759 as of Monday morning, up from 2,354 a week earlier, on April 27 and 1,956 on April 20.

The state’s death toll reached 109 as of Monday morning, up from 92 a week earlier and 75 the week prior.

During the past week, the Oregon Emergency Management Office and state Department of Agriculture reported that there is no evidence that human or animal food or food packaging has been associated with the transmission of COVID-19, so food products do not need to be recalled from the market if someone on the farm or a processing plant tests positive.

Santiam Feed Store - across from the Sweet Home Post Office

“The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, such as between people who are in close contact with one another, or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes,” said Paul Cieslak, M.D., senior health adviser for OHA’s COVID-19 response. “A person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface that an infected person has touched, which is why it is so important to get in the habit of washing your hands often including before and after preparing meals, before eating and after you come home if you’ve been out.”

Linn County reported that Since the evening of April 23, National Frozen Foods Corporation’s (National Frozen) vegetable processing facility has been closed. Linn County Public Health and OHA have been continuously working with National Frozen on COVID 19 response efforts. This includes voluntary closure of production at the facility for a time period to be determined, COVID-19 testing for all National Frozen employees who are part of the operation of the automated lines, and daily COVID-19 guidance questionnaires that will be filled out by National Frozen employees once they return to work.

National Frozen has been working cooperatively to ensure the safe environment of the employees, who will be returning to work following their testing, which was scheduled to begin May 1.

The Employment Department reported that it has received 362,200 initial claims for unemployment insurance since March 15.

The Oregon Department of Revenue reported that at Gov. Kate Brown’s direction, it has changed the threshold for making estimated tax payments under the new Corporate Activity Tax from $5,000 to $10,000 of annual tax liability for the first year of the tax.

This means businesses that will owe less than $10,000 are not required to make quarterly estimated payments during 2020. Businesses that know they’ll owe more should make estimated quarterly payments.


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