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77 Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 at the Pacific Seafood Plant in Warrenton

Plus, Bob’s Red Mill is hiring to accommodate the pandemic baking boom, and more news to start your day

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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

77 New COVID-19 Cases at an Oregon Seafood Plant

Pacific Seafood has temporarily suspended operations at its Warrenton plant after discovering a massive coronavirus outbreak within its ranks. Seventy-seven employees have tested positive for coronavirus, which makes it the largest workplace outbreak in Clatsop County. Pacific Seafood has been hit with a number of workplace outbreaks, including at the Newport and Bandon locations; it’s not the Warrenton location’s first case, either. [DA]

Oregon Grocery Delivery Service Expands During Pandemic

A project started by a teenage Portlander has turned into a multi-city grocery delivery operation. PDX Concierge, in which teens deliver groceries to seniors and immunocompromised populations, has developed chapters in Roseburg, Eugene, and Salem, as well as the larger Portland metro area. The recipients pay back the volunteers for the groceries, but there is no delivery fee or tip requirement. [Oregonian]

Bob’s Red Mill Is Hiring to Accommodate the Pandemic Baking Boom

While many restaurants and bars have been struggling during the pandemic, many other food businesses — grocery stores, food brands — have actually been doing pretty well. In Oregon, food and beverage stores have increased employment by 900 employees in the past 12 months, compared to the tens of thousands of restaurant and bar jobs lost during the pandemic. One such business looking to expand is Bob’s Red Mill, the company known for its oatmeals and flours: The company wants to grow its workforce by 11 percent, to accommodate the higher demand as people get into pandemic baking while stuck at home. [PBJ]

In Other News...

Oregon’s daily COVID-19 cases are creeping upward once again, hitting 382 new suspected or confirmed cases yesterday [O]
A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a tablet from Taco Bell [KATU]
Portland Monthly critic Karen Brooks gives Alberta cart Matta a rave review for its latest pivot into Vietnamese-American comfort food [PoMo]