KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A sudden spike of COVID-19 instances within the metro has been traced to company-wide testing at a Kansas Metropolis paper merchandise firm.
Aspen Paper Merchandise, which makes meals service merchandise reminiscent of paper plates and bowls, has been open all through the pandemic.
Earlier this week, the Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, Well being Division introduced greater than 200 of the corporate’s roughly 600 staff had recently tested positive for COVID-19.
On Thursday, Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Division of Well being and Senior Companies, spoke about 300 new cases reported statewide.
“And the very first thing we observed is that there is a rise within the Kansas Metropolis space,” Williams stated Thursday.
Kansas Metropolis Well being Division spokeswoman Michelle Pekarsky confirmed Friday that improve was because of the Aspen instances.
Aspen proprietor Invoice Biggins stated when greater than 20 of his workers had examined optimistic for the virus, on his personal, he determined to have all 600 workers examined.
Working with Truman Medical Facilities, Biggins stated these workers had been examined final Friday and Saturday. The outcomes got here in on Sunday: 200 optimistic assessments.
After a number of days of delay, state well being leaders grew to become conscious of that cluster.
Biggins stated virtually all the staff who examined optimistic did not have any signs.
Williams stated elevated testing, partly, could account for any upticks in new instances, particularly in potential scorching spots.
“And that is the entire objective is to establish areas early so we are able to get a take a look at them,” he stated.
Biggins stated there is a new plan in place with the Kansas Metropolis Well being Division to stop any additional unfold of the virus. It contains the re-testing of each Aspen employee who’s examined detrimental as soon as per week for the subsequent 4 weeks.
Biggins identified it wasn’t very way back when he could not have executed company-wide testing.
After a quarantine interval, he expects a few of his staff might be coming again to Aspen subsequent week.