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Pacific Crest Building Supply was closed Thursday after five employees tested positive
RIDGEFIELD — Clark County Public Health confirmed on Thursday afternoon that they are investigating another COVID-19 outbreak, this time at a Ridgefield cabinet maker.
On Thursday morning, one positive case was confirmed in an employee at Pacific Crest Building Supply on S 11th St. By Thursday afternoon, five employees had tested positive for COVID-19 according to a release from Clark County Public Health.
Pacific Crest, which builds RidgeRest Custom Cabinetry at its 180,000-square-foot facility in Ridgefield, was closed down Thursday, after the initial test result came in. Another employee said on Facebook that she and her family are awaiting test results.
“Employees who have tested positive are instructed to isolate at home until they are no longer contagious,” the county said in a release. “Public Health staff is interviewing all positive cases to identify and notify close contacts, who will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.”
Earlier on Thursday, the agency said there had been three confirmed COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, which did not include any additional cases from the outbreak connected to Firestone Pacific Foods of Vancouver. That fruit packing plant has been connected to 132 cases, including 79 employees and 53 close contacts.
It wasn’t immediately clear if any of the new cases included in the count on Thursday were connected to Pacific Crest Building Supply.
The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County also released a statement, saying they were “saddened to learn about the recent COVID-19 outbreak at Pacific Crest Building Supply.
“We strongly believe that their rapid response in learning of staff being infected with the virus will help to mitigate a larger outbreak,” the statement continued. “The BIA has been educating our members to the best of our ability and reiterating the importance of adhering to safety and sanitation standards. Unfortunately, aside from places of employment, individuals are exposed to the virus in the community.”
Clark County Public Health added that additional information is expected to be released on Friday. For more information about COVID-19 and the Public Health response, visit the Public Health website.