Seven employees at Eugene grocery store test positive for COVID-19

The seven positive cases are among ten new Coronavirus cases in Lane county.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 10:59 AM
Updated: Jul 8, 2020 6:57 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Public Health is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and most are linked to a Eugene grocery store.

Seven staff members at El Torito Grocery Store have tested positive. The store is located at 1333 West 7th Avenue in Eugene.

According to Oregon Health Authority guidelines, any workplace which has five or more cases will be publicly announced.

“This is not a public exposure,” Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said. "Really when we are talking about exposures, we are talking about having contact with a known case for over 15 minutes and within six feet. If you add a mask into the equation of that, where you are blocking some of that water vapor from coming out the infected individual’s mouth then it's even a lower exposure.”

Health officials said that community members who have been inside the store and are concerned can contact the county’s call center for further questions.

“We don't consider the customers at the grocery store to be at risk of exposure at this time,” Davis said. “However, if you do shop at El Torito and you do notice symptoms then the first thing you should do is call your provider.”

Lane County Public Health said management at El Torito has been cooperative during this process and is taking all recommended health precautions.

The store is currently open.

The county will be holding a large and free testing event in Eugene next week. More details will be released in the coming days.

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