On Monday, a total of 92 people infected with the virus were linked to the outbreak. This included 77 staff and 15 patients.
“Kaiser is responsible for complying with relevant public health directives and occupational safety regulations, including timely reporting of all necessary cases and follow-ups,”; the county said in an emailed statement to CNN.
Officials said the primary cause of the outbreak was still under investigation.
“Any revelation, if that happens, would be completely innocent and rather accidental,” said Chavez, “while each person is COVID-free and tries to awaken the spirits of those around him during very stressful times.”
Chavez added that air-powered costumes will no longer be permitted.
The fine for each violation is $ 1,000.
“Kaiser Permanente failed to report these cases in the county workplace and contact reporting portal as required by a public health order issued on Oct. 5,” the county said in a statement. Sent the Social Distancing Protocol to the county on October 19 to ensure that all reporting requirements are met. “
The county said it did not learn about the positive cases until they were confirmed in a Jan. 3 statement by Kaiser Permanente.
In a CNN statement, Kaiser Permanente spokeswoman Hilary Costa said communications with state and local authorities on the COVID-19 case at the facility were consistent.
“The suggestion that we are anything other than preparedness for our reporting is incorrect,” Costa said in a statement.
The hospital is reviewing Santa Clara County references and plans to respond by the county deadline on Jan. 15, according to Costa.
The health bureau continues to investigate the cause of the outbreak. It found the outbreak was not a new form of COVID-19 first discovered in the UK
CNN’s Kay Jones and Jessica Flynn contributed to this report.