Oswego, N.Y. – Another six cases of coronavirus were reported in workers at the Champlain Valley Specialties Inc. facility.
Oswego County health director Jiancheng Huang said Friday those six were among eight new positive tests his department received after extensive testing this week of workers at the plant and their families.
An outbreak of Covid-19 was reported on Monday, when the county’s total number of positive tests rose from 118 last Saturday to 132 Monday. The county now lists 161 positives – an increase 51 in the past six days.
The county reports 49 active cases of the virus, an increase of eight from Thursday. The number of people in mandatory isolation rose by 29, from 108 to 137 on Friday.
The new cases reported today bring the total of Oswego County residents who work at CVS who have tested positive for Covid-19 to 35. On Thursday, Oswego County legislature chairman Jim Weatherup said there were 29 employees of the facility, which packages sliced apples, who have tested positive.
That number could be misleading, however, because some CVS workers live outside of Oswego County – in Onondaga and Wayne counties – and those numbers aren’t reported through Oswego’s health department. Huang said he didn’t have access to those numbers from other counties.
Huang said he could not estimate how many total Covid-19 cases might result from the testing, nor did he reveal how many were tested at the facility on Route 104 north of Fulton.
The health director did not comment on contact tracing procedures, and whether those infected with the virus had visited other businesses.
County officials would not say whether anyone who tested positive from the facility has been hospitalized.
The company has said little about the outbreak since Monday, issuing several releases, including one Thursday that stated “CVS has instituted numerous proactive checks and controls that prevent employees with symptoms from entering the workplace.”
Temperature checks, the use of face masks and face shields, along with deep cleaning and sanitation procedures are among the measures being taken, the company said in a release.
CVS said a majority of employees had tested negative for Covid-19.
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