LCPH tracing COVID cases at local bank


According to Lane County Public Health (LCPH), recent cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Florence have been linked to a workplace outbreak at the Florence Branch of Oregon Pacific Bank. 

In a release from the bank Thursday, OPB confirmed that four employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

The branch closed for a day last week in order to deep clean the facility, when the first positive test was received.

However, the branch has been closed to walk-in business since mid-November.

The origins of the four cases have not been determined and it remains unclear if the virus was spread among employees at the bank or was part of the community spread that LCPH has been tracking.

The bank is urging any members of the community who may have had extended contact with a branch employee between Jan. 4 and Jan. 14 to contact their local health provider immediately to assess the need for testing. 

According to OPB President Ron Green, “The decision early on to close the branch for walk-in traffic has kept the risk of transmission between Bank employees and the public extremely low.”

More information regarding the bank’s statement can be found at opbc.com.

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