More cases, deaths linked to Adams County ‘superspreader’ wedding

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MOSES LAKE, Wash – Contact tracing has linked more cases and possible deaths to a 300-person wedding near the Adams County-Grant County line in November.

The Grant County Health District shared new numbers with 4 News Now Thursday evening.

The health district says it has linked 50 primary cases to the wedding. Those are people who attended the wedding and tested positive for COVID-19.

Of those primary cases, two people were staff members at Lake Ridge Center, a nursing home in Moses Lake. Since the wedding, there have been 65 COVID-19 cases at Lake Ridge; 15 residents have died.

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The agency found potential links to healthcare workers as well, including one person who worked at Samaritan Hospital and one nursing student. Contact tracing also revealed 11 Moses Lake School District staff members attended the wedding and tested positive for COVID-19.

Grant County also released numbers of secondary cases. Those are people who had a family member attend the wedding or had a social gathering with someone who attended the wedding.

Those revealed 14 secondary cases, including one person employed by Moses Lake School District.

Of the potential links to long-term care facilities, there was one Ephrata facility resident who died and those 65 Lake Ridge residents, including the 15 deaths.

Health officials say they do not have enough evidence to determine if staff at Columbia Crest- where another outbreak has been reported- were at the wedding. That’s because those staff members wouldn’t “self-identify” as attending the wedding, according to the health district. That said, health officials confirmed the outbreak took place after the wedding. 

Three long-term care facility deaths are still pending.

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An additional seven people from Adams County tested positive in connection with the wedding. Five cases in the Tri-Cities were initially connected to the wedding.