Eight additional COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday. The cases are connected to Meadowbrook Place, and were detected as part of weekly testing Meadowbrook Place conducts of all staff and residents as part of its COVID-19 response. This resulted in some additional residents testing positive last week. The residents who tested positive are currently asymptomatic AND will remain on COVID-19 precautions to prevent further spread. The residents and staff who previously tested positive are recovering well. Meadowbrook Place has continued to consult with Baker County Health Department, the state licensing agency, and their management company for guidance on managing the situation at the assisted living community. Meadowbrook Place continues to follow the state and federal infection control guidelines for COVID-19 in order to safeguard the health and well-being of their residents and staff.
The Oregon Health Authority weekly report listed Meadowbrook Place as having 16 cases associated with the outbreak as of August 30. These additional cases will bring the total to 24 or more.
Baker County Health Department Director Nancy Staten says, “The cases reported over the weekend are connected and are not considered sporadic cases, meaning they can be traced back to a specific source.”
Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday that Baker County has been successful in reducing the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently enough to be removed from the County Watch List. Commissioner Mark Bennett said of the change, “We’re pleased to see the rate of COVID-19 spread has reduced over the last few weeks, and I thank the Baker County Health Department for all the work they’ve done to get good information to those who have tested positive and their contacts. The Health Department’s work is absolutely instrumental in keeping the virus in check. The virus is still present in our community, and we see new cases almost daily. Please continue taking care of yourselves and your loved ones by staying home when you’re sick, washing your hands frequently, and using distance and face coverings to keep from spreading the virus. Let’s be proactive in protecting each other and get our schools open again.”
Counties are placed on the Watch List when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and public health officials are unable to trace the spread to specific sources. The following counties remain on the County Watch List: Jackson, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, and Umatilla Counties.
“I want to commend county officials and community members in Baker County for their efforts in curbing community spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Brown. “Their work in reducing community transmission warrants removal from the Watch List, and is a good reminder of how we can reduce the spread of this disease if we work together.”
Baker County was deeply saddened to receive notice of a second COVID-19 related death in the county. The individual had underlying medical conditions.
“I want the family and friends of this person to know that the Health Department extends our deepest sympathy for your loss. This situation is very serious for many Baker County residents, and I ask everyone in our community to take the steps recommended by public health to prevent spreading the virus.” says Nancy Staten, Baker County Health Department Director.
To protect the privacy and well-being of the family, and to maintain compliance with health information privacy regulations, no further information about the individual will be released by the County. We encourage everyone to be respectful as a family in our community grieves.