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A worker at Shearer's Foods processing plant outside Hermiston keeps a watchful eye on tortilla chips as they move toward an oven in this 2018 file photo.

UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County reported 25 additional cases of COVID-19 and four new hospitalizations due to the virus on Thursday, June 25, marking a new record of six hospitalizations in the county at one time. 

The new cases bring the county's total to 371, 184 of which are active and 183 that are considered recovered. Four deaths have been reported in the county due to the virus. 

Twenty-five of the county's cases are still considered presumptive, which means those individuals haven't tested positive for COVID-19 but are displaying symptoms and have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case.

According to the Umatilla County Public Health Department's website, 4,173 COVID-19 tests have been run in the county as of June 25.

Morrow County reports new cases

Morrow County announced eight new cases of COVID-19 in a press release Thursday, June 25, pushing its total to 44 cases. 

The Morrow County Public Health Department is investigating and tracing all contacts of the newly confirmed cases while four of the cases were identified in Irrigon, three in Boardman and one in the area of Heppner, Ione and Lexington. 

In total, 21 cases have been identified in Boardman, 17 in Irrigon and six in the area of Heppner, Ione and Lexington. 

"This is in all of our communities, and we all need to take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones," the release stated. 

Of the county's 44 cases, 29 are considered active with one person hospitalized and the rest isolating at home. 14 cases are considered recovered, and one death has been reported due to the virus. 

Hermiston employer reports outbreak

The Hermiston plant for Shearer’s Foods reported on Thursday, June 25, that two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

As of June 25, only two confirmed cases have been reported, but the facility has reached out to those who may have come in contact with staff members and asked them to quarantine for 14 days.

“The two cases are not related and no one else in the facility has been diagnosed,” a press release by Shearer’s Foods said. “The company’s significant safety precautions, requiring social distancing, providing and mandating masks and enhanced sanitation has made a difference in containing exposure.”

None of the two staff members have come in contact with any of the food products, so there is no food safety risk, according to the press release. Employees that were asked to quarantine will continue to receive pay and benefits.

The company has already deep cleaned their facility and stated they will remain open.

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