Norris Blueberry Farm in Umpqua is trying to head off a COVID-19 outbreak among its workers.

Owner Dr. Paul Norris said there have been two people at the facility who have tested positive for the coronavirus and 12 people have been isolated. They had been riding in the same vehicle as one of the positive cases.

Norris said one worker who tested positive was in the isolated portion of the packing plant.

“We have an extensive protocol, we have shields, masks and we have three people going through sanitizing behind everyone all day long,” Norris said.

Norris said his crews had been preparing for an outbreak with weekly meetings since January. He said testing is continuing constantly at the plant.

“We’re doing up to 15 to 20 COVID tests every day,” Norris said. “Before people pick, they get temperature checks, we wash masks, we can’t use our lunchroom because we don’t want people congregating.”

Norris said they have been able to keep the operation going with all the precautions they have taken. The workers at the facility are a mixture of local and from out of the area.

“The message I want to get out is this is for real, and we need to be careful,” Norris said. “I think people still don’t understand how serious this is, and we’ve taken it seriously from the get-go.”

KOIN-TV in Portland is reporting that eight people from the Newberg baseball team that played in a tournament in Roseburg last weekend, tested positive for COVID-19.

The station reported Newberg Schools Superintendent Joe Morelock said one of those eight people was reported to have symptoms.

Morelock said the Newberg team had no contact with the Grants Pass team that left the tournament early because two people that were associated with that team had tested positive. Those Grants Pass players did not make the trip to Roseburg.

On Friday, school officials were notified a student-athlete was taken to the hospital with a high temperature and tested positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend, students and adults were tested, and as of 3 p.m. Monday the case count was up to 8, the superintendent said.

The Douglas Public Health Network reports Douglas County now reports a total of 46 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and there are six presumptive cases for a total of 52 cases.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 168 new confirmed cases statewide as of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. The state’s total number of positive cases is now at 10,395 with the death toll at 215.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

There are a lot of other viewpoints on the pandemic that are held by doctors and scientists who are being actively censored by mainstream media and Big Tech. Many of these viewpoints have a great deal of scientific evidence and are highly relevant to what to do about the crisis.

Here is one that you should read written by a medical doctor practicing in New York City:

https://kellybroganmd.com/masks-have-you-been-captured-by-this-psyop/

Even if you do not agree with everything she says, it should open your eyes to many problems with the way this crisis is being handled.

Mike

Numerous people contracted coronavirus last weekend during a legion baseball tournament in Roseburg consisting of ten teams from all around Oregon and California. This event and the source of the coronavirus were reported by several different Medias. Nearly all of those Medias reported a “Roseburg team” as the source of the coronavirus outbreak. Below is their quote;

“During a weekend tournament in Roseburg, the Newberg team learned that a team from Roseburg had reported two cases of COVID-19 among their players, according to Newberg School District Superintendent Dr. Joe Morelock. The Newberg team had no contact with the Roseburg team but they decided to leave the tournament early anyway, Morelock said.”

Yet, reporter Dan Bain of the News-Review claims to have quoted the same Newberg media when he wrote;

“Newberg Schools Superintendent Joe Morelock said one of those eight people was reported to have symptoms. Morelock said the Newberg team had no contact with the Grants Pass team that left the tournament early because two people that were associated with that team had tested positive.”

The two quotes from Dr. Morelock are entirely different. I have been unable to find the quote attributed to Dr. Morelock by reporter Dan Bain of the News-Review in any other media. All medias that identify the source claim it was a “Roseburg team,” NOT a “Grants Pass team.”

My searching leads me to believe the News-Review intentionally changed Dr. Morelock’s quote. I challenge Health Reporter Dan Bain and the News-Review to provide the report from KOIN-TV in Portland that quotes Dr. Morelock saying it was a “Grants Pass team.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/8-people-connected-to-newberg-youth-baseball-team-test-positive-for-covid-19/ar-BB16rFIO

Mike

The article fails to mention that “a team from Roseburg” reported “two cases” at least four days ago (below link). Why only report that the Newberg team has coronavirus but NOT the Roseburg team also had coronavirus?

According to KGW8 news station, “the Newberg team learned that a team from Roseburg had reported two cases of COVID-19 among their players…The Newberg team had no contact with the Roseburg team but they decided to leave the tournament early anyway, according to Newberg School District Superintendent Dr. Joe Morelock.”

On Friday, July 3 (four days ago), school officials were notified a student-athlete was taken to the hospital with a high temperature and tested positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend everyone associated with the team, students and adults were tested (unlike the farm workers). As of Monday afternoon, eight people associated with the team have tested positive for the virus.

It also wasn’t reported that, “a spokesperson with Oregon American Legion Baseball said the organization canceled 2020 tournaments nationwide in early May. Any team that continues to play in the 2020 season is not playing as a team registered with the American Legion National Organization…The official season was canceled for safety and liability reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Besides failing to mention members of the Roseburg Team ALSO had coronavirus, the article doesn’t say whether everyone associated with the Roseburg team was tested. Why all these secrets?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/8-people-connected-to-newberg-youth-baseball-team-test-positive-for-covid-19/ar-BB16rFIO

Mike

The Douglas County Public Health Network reported today that 16 people currently are in isolation for coronavirus in Douglas County. We know from this article that 12 of those in isolation are workers from Norris Blueberry Farm. Therefore, only 4 people currently in isolation are not associated with Norris Blueberry Farm.

We also know from news agencies in Newberg Oregon (not the NRToday) that at least 2 baseball players on Roseburg’s Legion Baseball team tested positive for coronavirus during last weekend's baseball tournament. Doesn’t that mean the entire baseball team and their coaches and parents should all be in isolation at this time. It appears that isn’t the case considering only 4 people not associated with Norris Blueberry Farm are currently in isolation.

Mike

"Owner Dr. Paul Norris said there have been two people at the facility who have tested positive for the coronavirus and 12 people have been isolated. "

The article says the 12 people were isolated but doesn't say whether they were tested for coronavirus. Why? If they were all riding in the same car as a positive case, why wouldn't they all be tested? Were they not tested to avoid reporting the blueberry farm as a work place outbreak? When did the two people at the facility test positive? Were they hospitalized? Considering this actually happened days ago, there seem to be way more questions than answers and I'm only just beginning.

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