Astoria and Albany.

Despite the concentration of coronavirus outbreaks among workers at fruit, vegetable, seafood and meat processing facilities, health authorities say they haven’t seen evidence the coronavirus can be spread through food.

The World Health Organization says it is “highly unlikely” people would become infected by the virus through food because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness.

As businesses in Oregon and Washington reopen amid a gradual loosening of coronavirus restrictions, Hinerfeld said his company’s experience should serve as a cautionary tale.

“We thought we had a pretty good plan in place and boy, it bit us in the rear end,” he said. “This genie is not back in the bottle.”

This article has been updated with additional cases confirmed.

— Mike Rogoway with updates by Janet Eastman

mrogoway@oregonian.com | @rogoway

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