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Covid hits BLM office in Vale, prompting closure

VALE – Five employees of the Vale district office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management tested positive for Covid, leading the agency to close the office.

The Oregon Health Authority reported the positive tests in its weekly testing report on Wednesday, showing the first positive test at the Vale office was on Dec. 9.

The BLM subsequently shut down the office, which will stay closed until Monday, Dec. 28.

“We chose to close the offices as a precautionary measure after some employees reported testing positive or having been exposed,” said Larisa Bogardus, BLM spokeswoman.

Bogardus said there was no report that any employee required hospitalization for the coronavirus.

She said the agency “advised employees to conduct a personal risk assessment and self-quarantine if appropriate.”

The exposures and infections don’t appear connected to . . .