Contact tracing helps identify 15 positive COVID-19 cases linked to Spokane macaroni plant

SPOKANE, Wash. — At least 15 close contacts to employees at a Spokane macaroni plant have tested positive for COVID-19, the Spokane Regional Health District said Wednesday.

The Philadelphia Macaroni Company plant in Hillyard closed May 18 when an employee first tested positive for the virus. Since then, 36 of 70 total employees have tested positive.

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The health district said 28 employees have tested negative, and the status of six others is still unknown.

Health officials confirmed the additional 15 people tested positive through contact tracing.

Spokane Regional Health has connected a recent spike in cases to what health officials are calling a “contained outbreak” at the plant.

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