Dept. of Human Services building in GP closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Department of Human Services building in Grants Pass is closed until Monday due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The state agency confirmed there are nine positive COVID-19 cases within their office.┬áThe first case was reported on July 27.

The agency is taking the weekend to fully sanitize the office at NW Hawthorne Avenue. Until then people can visit the office in Medford off Biddle Road.

The agency told NBC5 News it’s encouraging employees to telecommute if possible. They will have about 65 employees working in the building going forward, rather than 265.

DHS said its working with public health to contact trace any families who were exposed.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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