Two separate Covid-19 outbreaks have now been traced back to that person, officials said. Seven people died as a result of the first outbreak, and hundreds of people were forced to self-isolate over the second one.
“One of those outbreaks has resulted in seven deaths, and the other recent outbreak has placed over 300 people/families in quarantine,” a December 17 statement from the Douglas County government reads. “We can’t even imagine the tremendous remorse these people are feeling right now, and we sympathize with them.”
They also urged people to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms and to follow other safety protocols.
Officials didn’t share the infected person’s place of employment, or when they went to work while sick.
Douglas County, which is located in southern Oregon and has a population of about 111,000, has seen 1,315 total Covid-19 cases as of Tuesday. That includes people who have tested positive for the virus, as well as people who are presumed to be positive.
Thirty-seven people have died of Covid-19 in the county, and nine patients are currently hospitalized with the virus, the latest county data shows.