Staff at Grant Co. care centers attended ‘superspreader’ wedding, Health District says

Covid 19 Covid Coronavirus

GRANT CO., Wash. — A Grant County Health District investigation found that some long-term care center staff had attended the Adams County ‘superspreader’ wedding before returning to work, just as recent outbreaks at those facilities were reported.

Three facilities — McKay Healthcare, Lake Ridge and Columbia Crest — all faced recent COVID outbreaks in mid- to late-November, the Health District reported. As of Thursday, 14 people connected to those facilities have died, all over the age of 60. Another resident died at a care center in Ephrata.

Now, the Health District is saying some staff members had attended a 300-person wedding in Adams County, which quickly became a ‘superspreader event.’ As of November 17, roughly 40 people had contracted COVID-19 from that wedding.

RELATED: More COVID-19 cases linked to Adams Co. ‘superspreader’ wedding

“Our investigations have determined that there were long term care staff who [attended] the wedding who tested positive for COVID,” said Health District administrator, Theresa Adkinson. “Direct [association] with patients is not known because they care for the entire unit.”

As it stands, 54 people have died from the virus in Grant County.

RELATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths linked to Grant County long-term care facilities