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

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

Spokesperson Rebecca MacGregor told the TV station 15 employees tested positive about two weeks ago, and two had recovered and been able to return to work as of Oct. 27.

Hospital officials believe the outbreak originated in a break room where staff members were eating.

CEO Spiros Hatiras told Western Mass News: “We think we traced it back to employees eating a meal together in a break room, and obviously when you are eating a meal, you take your mask off and they contracted it from one employee who was positive.”

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

The medical center has 1,200 employees, according to its website


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