The LA County Health Department is investigating reports of two deaths from COVID-19 at the Commerce food industry, one of three in the county that were allowed to reopen after closing earlier this week for reporting a coronavirus outbreak, officials said.
The death was recorded at Mission Foods Corp., in which 49 workers tested positive for the virus, said at a briefing on Thursday, LA County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis.
The Department of Health said one of the dead was a resident of LA County and the other lived outside the department’s jurisdiction.
According to the head of his daughter Alicia Alvarez, the head of maintenance at the institution, 67-year-old Jose Roberto Alvarez, died of COVID-19 last week. outbreak in the institution through the media, not from her father’s employer.
Mission Foods issued a statement saying it was carrying out security measures “in excess of health requirements”, including ordering face masks and social distancing, setting up plexiglass barriers and restricting the use of common areas.
“We have worked hard to keep our workers informed since the beginning of the pandemic in early March,” said Paul de la O., Mission Foods’ regional director of production.
The other two restaurants that were ordered to close on Sunday were S&S Foods in Azus and Golden State Foods Corp. in the city of industry, which had 60 and 47 cases of coronavirus, respectively.
“In all three outbreaks, the employer did not notify the health department when three positive cases were found among their employees,” Davis said, explaining that the department learned about the outbreaks through an anonymous complaint line.
The complaints line receives 2,000 to 3,000 complaints a week, and the department is currently investigating more than 1,000 coronavirus outbreaks in the county, Davis said.
In a statement to the media, Golden State Foods said it was reporting its COVID-19 cases to “necessary authorities,” but said the Los Angeles County Department of Health had not reported its production reporting requirements.
“It was just a procedural reporting issue, and Los Angeles County Public Health officials were satisfied with GSF’s comprehensive, preventive, operational COVID-19 protocols. GSF complies with all other state, federal, and international reporting requirements; LA County was the only one. except during the days in July, “the statement said.
Asked what the manufacturers were violating, Davis said: “Just because they got through anonymous advice means they violated the protocols.”
The LA Times reports on the agency’s requirement to report when there are three known cases that have been in place since at least June 11.
“It’s part of the protocols. It’s not only what you need on site at the facility, but it’s also accountable when needed so we can help provide guidance and ensure the safety of the rest of the staff once it’s determined in the workplace.” , – he said.
The health officer said that this week, all three facilities have the right to open after they provide the department with the information they need to evaluate and guide their response, and they will all continue to receive unannounced inspections to ensure compliance with the protocols.
“Businesses have a corporate and moral and social responsibility to their employees and the families of their employees for a safe working environment,” he said.
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