Dutch Bros. barista tests positive for coronavirus

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A southern Oregon Dutch Bros. employee has tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the company announced Saturday.

The barista worked six shifts at the store located at 1698 N.E. Seventh St. in Grants Pass in the last three weeks.

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They last worked a partial morning shift on Wednesday and tested positive for the disease late Friday, according to the release. Other employees on shift that morning are currently in self-isolation and are on paid leave.

The company also said it’s ordered a deep clean of the Seventh Street location and is working with local health officials to assess its sanitization practices.

Josephine County, where Grants Pass is the county seat, has 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus and one person has died. Across Oregon, the state has registered 2,253 confirmed cases and 87 deaths.

The county’s median age is 47, about 10 years older than the U.S. average, and roughly one-quarter of its residents are 65 or older according to the U.S. Census’ 2018 American Community Survey.

People with underlying health conditions, such as chronic lung disease or asthma, as well as those older than 65, are particularly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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