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COVID-19 outbreaks in SoCal warehouses are on the rise

Essential workers in big box stores and warehouses in Los Angeles County are seeing an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks, officials said.

County officials define an outbreak as more than three cases of infection in a 14-day period.

With a total number of cases approaching one million to just over 827,498 on Monday, big chains like Costco, Target and The Home Depot are seeing clusters of coronavirus infections among their employees.

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At least six Amazonian facilities are experiencing an outbreak of 20 or more active cases and Amazon’s warehouse in El Monte has 66 reported cases, according to the LA County Department of Health.

In addition, at least seven Costco warehouses have reported outbreaks of more than 15 workers and the Costco Wholesale located on Washington Blvd. in Marina Del Rey reported 71 cases of COVID-19.

And there’s more.

Popular retailer Fashion Nova Logistics, Inc. in Santa Fe Springs has reported 143 cases among employees at this establishment. Other facilities that have experienced outbreaks include several FedEx warehouses, the 99 Cents Only Store Warehouse in Commerce, and several local Chik-Fil-A restaurants.

As many as eight Home Depot stores in LA County have also reported outbreaks among their employees.

A union representing 1.3 million workers in the United States demands that frontline grocers have guaranteed access to vaccines. After nearly 150 employees at a Costco in Washington test positive, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union calls on grocery store CEOs to work with governors to ensure access to vaccines for their employees in First line.

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