145 Costco workers infected with coronavirus after outbreak at store


Over a hundred employees at a Washington state Costco have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to county officials, at least 145 workers contracted the virus, with more cases possible per ongoing testing, KOMO reported.

“As Costco continues its site-wide testing, we anticipate the number of cases to continue to go up over the next few days as results are received,” said Melissa Sixberry, Yakima County’s director of disease control, in remarks to the outlet.

The outbreak has left nearly half of the workforce infected at Union Gap store, which currently employs 383 individuals.

According to the KOMO report, all 145 of the employees with confirmed infections are currently in isolation.

"COVID-19 activity levels continue to increase throughout the entire county. We need the help of the community to also follow the COVID-19 safety recommendations so we can keep work places safe, so we can keep schools safe, so we can keep each other safe by not overwhelming our health system," said Dr. Larry Jecha, interim health officer for Yakima County.

As of Wednesday, Yakima County has reported over 18,100 cases of COVID-19.

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