Small COVID-19 outbreak linked to Harry & David

MEDFORD, Ore. – A small outbreak of COVID-19 at Harry and David is being investigated by Jackson County Public Health officials.

According to the county, three employees recently tested positive for coronavirus along with two others who were in close contact with the employees.

“Jackson County Public Health is working closely with Harry & David on this outbreak,” Jackson County Public Health said. “Both agencies are working to ensure that employees who were in close contact with the cases are tested. Harry & David and its employees are following Jackson County Public Health recommendations.  This outbreak remains under investigation. Jackson County Public Health is working closely with Harry & David on this outbreak. Both agencies are working to ensure that employees who were in close contact with the cases are tested. Harry & David and its employees are following Jackson County Public Health recommendations.  This outbreak remains under investigation.”

In total, 77 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Jackson County. 60 of those people have recovered and 17 remain active. There have been no reported fatalities connected to COVID-19 in Jackson County.

UPDATE 5:17 P.M. – A spokesperson for Harry and David tells NBC5 News that all three employees work in the specialty foods area.

She says the employees are now quarantining at home and adds that all employees who work on the same morning shift, were sent home yesterday.

Jackson County Public Health says two other people have been infected, through close contact with the employees.

“It’s an outbreak, it’s not a big one. We have been working very closely with the leadership at Harry and David, they have been working aggressively and collaboratively with us,” said Jackson County Public Health officer, Dr. Jim Shames.

The Harry and David spokesperson says all ‘specialty food’ shifts have been canceled.

The company is working to deep clean and sanitize the entire facility.

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