The major new revelation was that blaming imported Mexican workers for a big part of the outbreak in Newport is not true. There is a long-residing Mexican work group in Newport but it was reported they weren’t the “bad guys.” More tracing, connecting and testing appears to be necessary. It was also mentioned that there appears to be continued growth in the virus, but very very slow growth. But of course, previous disease outbreaks can be up one week and down the next. It was noted that areas of the country that were hit first are now leveling off a bit while new locations – in the country’s interior – are getting hit pretty hard.
Since Pacific Seafood is closed down for the moment it was agreed that a more vigorous virus testing program should be pursued. It was learned that a lot of seafood has already been landed and shipped way overseas…some locations as far away as Europe area already getting product from the Oregon Coast. A doctor on the line said that by being deep-freeze frozen, there should be no health threat to buyers at the other end.