Glenn County COVID-19 cases rise, 2 businesses impacted

The health department narrowed some of those cases down two businesses - Sierra Nevada Cheese and Olson Meat Packing.

Posted: Jun 23, 2020 6:43 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2020 1:01 PM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - Glenn County has seen a double-digit jump in coronavirus cases since Friday, June 19.

The Glenn County Health Department narrowed some of those cases down two businesses - Sierra Nevada Cheese and Olson Meat Packing.

Action News Now spoke to the owner of Olson Meat, James Olson, who said the people that tested positive for the coronavirus and the people that were near them - are all being quarantined.

"We're really short on people and we're almost shut down because we don't have enough people," said Olson.

Olson said once he learned an employee tested positive for the coronavirus, he immediately had everyone else tested.

RELATED: Glenn County reports 23 new coronavirus cases in 4 days, 2 worksites impacted

“This outbreak has happened more on the kill-floor side, everybody on the kill floor has a good distance between them already,” said Olson. “It's hard because the kill floor has 21 people and I think they have in the neighborhood around 10 or 11 people that are not here. I don't know which ones have or waiting for results but we don't want them here."

Olson said they are working with Tehama, Glenn, and Butte County Health officials.

"Cleanliness is really important so a lot of times people have thoughts of a slaughterhouse as a dirty facility. When they come in the animals are what they are but the process gets cleaner and cleaner as it goes," said Olson. "They have aprons that people wear, they have the gloves, they wear face masks, and hard hats. Were just being more diligent at wearing our face mask at all times.”

Sierra Nevada Cheese owner Ben Gregerson tells Action News Now he closed their store to the public, is checking employees temperatures two to three times a day, giving face shields and masks and staggering break times.

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Both owners want to stress that they are keeping their employees 6 feet apart from each other and they are following all the CDC guidelines.

Olson says a representative of the Glenn County Health Department came to meet with their employees to help calm nerves and go over protocols.

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