7 dead, 300 others quarantined after Covid infected person goes to work

Oregon: A southern Oregon community was recently devastated by two covid outbreaks that killed seven people and caused hundreds to quarantine fearing they had been exposed to the virus.

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But unlike headline-grabbing outbreaks that have led to deaths elsewhere in the U.S., these covid-19 clusters did not spring from a “super spreader event.” Instead, public health officials say a single person who went to work sick sparked the spread through “super spreader actions.”

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Douglas County officials said last week that a person knowingly went to work while suffering symptoms and later tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Two recent outbreaks in the county, which were reported by the Oregonian on Tuesday, were traced back to that individual and the ensuing infections forced hundreds of county residents into self-quarantine.

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