SAN JOSE – The coronavirus outbreak at Kaiser Permanente San Jose continued to spread on Tuesday and hospital workers were not the only ones sick.
For the first time, 15 cases have been added Tuesday to a growing list of infectious agents after employees walked through the emergency department in an inflatable tree suit on Dec. 25, possibly an advanced spread of the Santa Department of Public Health. Clara County Announcement
The county said the number of positive COVID-19 cases rose among Kaiser employees to 77 on Tuesday, up from 60 last week. One hostess worker died a week or more after Christmas, although Kaiser did not say when.
When it comes to the new numbers released Tuesday, Kaiser Permanente will simply say: “We are trying to verify the numbers provided by the county.”;
The news comes after the county fined Kaiser $ 43,000 last week for failing to immediately notify officials about 43 original cases that were made public more than a week later, charging a $ 1,000 fine for each case.
Several agencies are investigating the outbreak, including the State Department of Health and Cal / OSHA and Santa Clara County. In a press release in early January, Kaiser suggested that employees with good intentions of spreading holiday cheer could be the source. The women in the dress showed no symptoms at the time but tested positive shortly thereafter.
Coronavirus experts say it’s possible that the person in the suit was unknowingly super-spreaders – most people were most infected before showing symptoms, and the fan in the inflatable suit could vent and spread. It spreads easily
But with hospital staff wearing masks and some workers who started shifts that day were also ill, there were questions about whether there could be another cause of the outbreak.
One patient speaking to the news organization said she was discharged from the emergency department on Dec. 24, the day before the young woman appeared. But she also tested positive for the virus and believed she was infected with Kaiser.