BAKER CITY, Ore. -- A Baker City plant has laid off a "large portion" of its workforce because of the cryptosporidium outbreak that has plagued the Eastern Oregon community since last month.
Peter Johnson, the president of Tasty Bake, declined to say how many workers were let go. The business is best known for creating partially baked pizza crusts that can be topped and oven-finished.
Tasty Bake had been advertising in the Baker City Herald for new workers as recently as Wednesday.
The Baker City Herald reports that the municipal water supply appears to be nearly crypto-free, but more test results are expected midweek.
The cryptosporidium parasite causes severe diarrhea, and state and local officials say hundreds have been sickened.
A boil advisory began July 31, and it was later increased to an order.