Results from testing conducted by the Clatsop County Public Health Department on employees of the Bornstein Seafood processing facility in Astoria revealed 12 additional positive COVID-19 cases among the company’s workforce.
The latest results bring to 26 the total number of Bornstein employees who have tested positive since the first case linked to the company was reported Friday, May 1.
Of the 26 total positive cases linked to Bornstein, 17 are Clatsop County residents. Public health departments in the other individuals’ counties of residence – Pacific, Grays Harbor and Cowlitz in Washington State – have been notified of those cases.
Bornstein informed Public Health of its first confirmed case May 1; a second case was reported two days later. On Saturday, May 2 the department tested 35 company workers who had COVID-19 symptoms or were contacts of the first case – 12 of those tests came back positive.
On Tuesday May 5th, Public Health tested the remaining 165 employees. Those tests resulted in the 12 most recently reported cases.
Also on Friday, the Public Health Department was notified of three additional positive cases in the county – a male age 40-49 in the north part of the county, a male age 40-49 in south county, and a female age 60-69 in south county. This brings the total number of cases recorded in the county to 26, six of whom have recovered.
The seven Clatsop County residents identified in the most recent results are two females ages 30-39; two females ages 40-49; one female age 50-59; one male age 40-49; and one male age 60-69. All were identified as north-county residents.
Bornstein operates two seafood processing facilities at the Port of Astoria’s Pier 1 and Pier 2. Both plants have been closed until further notice, and the company has asked all employees to self-isolate at home.
Individuals who have tested positive have been required to self-quarantine; none of the individuals have been hospitalized. The Public Health Department is tracing the contacts of the identified positive cases.