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Outbreak at Kraft Heinz in Ontario sickens 26; three more county deaths reported tied to Covid

Workers in masks leave the Kraft Heinz Ontario facility on July 14. (Rachel Parsons/The Enterprise)

A recent Covid outbreak at the Kraft Heinz food processing plant was far worse than state officials indicated, with four times as many employees testing positive for the coronavirus as disclosed and leading to a week-long shutdown of the plant.

The revelation comes as Malheur County reported three more deaths in the past week as the pandemic continues to expand in the county.

The outbreak at the food processing plant was confirmed by the Oregon Health Authority last week, but the agency listed only six employees as affected. But company officials confirmed Monday that a total of 26 employees had tested positive as of July 8. The state count was through July 9.

Michael Mullen, a Kraft Heinz spokesperson, said . . .