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Ten Amy's Kitchen employees test positive for COVID-19

Ten employees of Amy’s Kitchen have tested positive for COVID-19 during the course of the pandemic, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

Employees at the White City facility tested positive at “various points” during the pandemic, according to Jen Tucci, external engagement manager for Amy’s Kitchen, who added in an email that “in no instance has the transmission been traced to an occurrence within the plant.”

The company did not provide specific dates of when the employees tested positive.

The Oregon Health Authority publicly discloses workplace outbreaks if five or more cases are recorded at a company with 30 or more employees. There also has to be a “shared, defined exposure to at least one other case,” the OHA website says.

Amy’s officials said they have worked closely with state and local officials to review safety precautions, including daily temperature checks, masks and protective gear for all employees.

“Upon receiving notification that an employee is sick, we work closely with Jackson County health officials to conduct a thorough investigation, including detailed contact tracing, and take every precaution necessary to prevent any spread among our employees,” Tucci said.

Jackson County Public Health reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the county total to 499. Of those, 152 are considered infectious. Forty-one people have been hospitalized here, and two people have died from the illness.

Oregon reported 258 new cases Wednesday, with seven more deaths, raising the state death toll to 375 and the number of cases to 22,022.

The agency reported that last week’s 2,122 reported cases saw a slight drop compared to the previous week’s tally of 2,278. The number of deaths also decreased, with 29 reported the week of Aug. 3-9 and 39 from July 27 to Aug. 2. The percentage of positive tests decreased to 5.4% from 6.3% the previous week.