A Safeway employee who works at the grocery chain’s King City outpost has tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The employee last worked in the store, located at 15570 S.W. Pacific Hwy., on Wednesday. Company spokeswoman Jill McGinnis told The Oregonian/OregonLive the associate is currently receiving medical care. She also said the King City store has undergone multiple cleanings and sanitization since the employee’s shift.

Other associates who worked that day will be eligible for 14 days of quarantine pay, McGinnis said.

There are so far 2,253 known cases of coronavirus in Oregon, according to figures released by the Oregon Health Authority Saturday. The disease has killed 87.

Washington County has 459 confirmed cases, second only to neighboring Multnomah County at 623.

People with underlying health conditions, such as chronic lung disease or asthma, as well as those older than 65, are particularly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

King City, which straddles Highway 99W and neighbors Tigard, has a population of just over 3,800, according to the U.S. Census’ 2018 American Community Survey. Approximately 1,500 are 65 or older.



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