One of Oregon’s biggest seafood processing operations in Oregon has been closed down due to a horrendous outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Pacific Seafood’s plants in Newport racked up a reported 124 infected workers, about twenty more at their Warrenton plant which was the first to get hit by the virus in mid-May. Covid-19 investigators are trying to track down all others that came in contact with the fish processing employees.
The numbers are being tabulated and there is a news conference scheduled for 1pm Monday afternoon to give a clearer picture of what’s happening at the moment. Pacific Seafood has announced that before they re-open they will advance test all prospective employees even if they’ve tested negative in the past. Pacific Seafoods also said that contact tracing will give health officials a road map to target those who might be infected but don’t know it. Many Covid-19 “victims” show no symptoms which creates a bigger opportunity for the virus to more quickly spread across the region.
The Covid-19 virus causes most of its victims long days of misery but within a week to ten days the symptoms recede. That’s because the body comes up with an anti-viral that kills the virus and makes the body pretty much immune to any further Covid-19 attacks. A vaccine against the virus is reported to still be six to 8 months away. Research labs around the world are working hard to come up with an effective vaccine. Researchers say there may be several vaccine versions that work, meaning they can inoculate the whole world in a lot less time.