Massachusetts hospital COVID-19 outbreak may be tied to employees eating together

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases among Holyoke (Mass.) Medical Center workers is believed to be connected to staff members consuming together while on break, WWLP reported.

Hospital officials think the outbreak stemmed in a break space where employee were eating.

The medical center has 1,200 staff members, according to its site.

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Spokesperson Rebecca MacGregor informed the TV station 15 employees evaluated favorable about 2 weeks ago, and 2 had recuperated and had the ability to go back to work as of Oct. 27.


Holyoke Medical Center has executed new guidelines, according to Mr. Hatiras, including capacity limits in the break room.

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CEO Spiros Hatiras informed Western Mass News: “We believe we traced it back to staff members consuming a meal together in a break space, and clearly when you are consuming a meal, you take your mask off and they contracted it from one worker who was positive.”.