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145 employees infected by coronavirus outbreak at Washington state Costco


A COVID-19 outbreak at a #Costco in #Washington state has led to 145 employees becoming infected.

The #Yakima #Health #District said in a statement on #Wednesday that there was evidence that the sharp increase mimics the type of activity that happens after a “superspreader” event where multiple people are infected at once.

#All of the individuals that tested positive are completing their isolation or quarantine periods, the #Health #District said. The #District recommended the store continue its site-wide testing for their employees to monitor the outbreak going forward.

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#Melissa #Sixberry, director of #Disease #Control, said in a statement that they anticipate the number of cases to rise over the next few days as site-wide testing continues.

The #Costco employs 383 people, according to KOMO #News. #Late last week, officials said that 68 employees had tested positive.

The outbreak comes as #Yakima #County deals with an increase in COVID-19 cases. #Larry #Jecha, interim health officer, said in a statement that “COVID-19 levels continue to increase throughout the entire county.”

“We are seeing record high hospitalizations this week and we need your help to stop the spread,” #Jecha said. “Remember, masks alone are not an effective intervention. #It is masks, coupled with social distancing and frequent handwashing, and most importantly, staying home when you are sick, that will help us stop the spread of COVID-19.”

There have been 19,281 coronavirus infections in the county since the pandemic began and 314 deaths, according to a count from the #Health #District.





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https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/532191-145-employees-infected-by-coronavirus-outbreak-at-washington-state

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