Total of 24 employees test positive for COVID-19 at Spokane’s Philadelphia Macaroni Company plant

SPOKANE, Wash. — A total of 24 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Philadelphia Macaroni Company plant in Spokane as of Friday, according to a release from the company. 

After receiving reports of a person testing positive, the plant shut down for disinfecting on Monday and began testing more employees. 

UPDATE: Health officials confirm 31 positive COVID-19 cases at Philadelphia Macaroni plant in Spokane 

According to a spokesperson with the company, Philadelphia Macaroni Company has been using additional safety measures since March to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

All employees were required to wear face masks, take health surveys, and temperature checks were performed on a routine basis. 

The company’s COVID-19 Response Team is working with the Spokane Department of Health to contact trace and determine what measures need to be taken going forward. 

4 News Now spoke with one employee who was tested at the Spokane County Fairgrounds. That test came back negative.

“Some people think that this is not going to hit home or that it’s maybe not real of whatever, and it’s definitely real. It’s definitely out there and it’s hitting home, closer than some of us really want,” the employee said. He asked to remain anonymous.

Philadelphia Macaroni Company is located at 3405 E. Bismark Ct. in Spokane.

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