Four Costco stores in the Bay Area report a total of 31 cases

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Customers line up to enter a Costco store on March 14, 2020.

Customers line up to enter a Costco store on March 14, 2020.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is investigating a cluster of coronavirus outbreaks at four Costco stores.

The county confirmed that the Gilroy location reported six cases between July 24 and July 30, the Mountain View store four cases between July 15 and July 29, the San Jose store at Senter Road eight cases between July 17 and July 22 and the Sunnyvale store 13 cases between July 23 and July 26.

All four stores remain open.

The initial investigation found that “Costco complies with social distancing and other protocols and many cases have been caused by community transmission and most likely not internal employee-to-employee transmission,” according to a county statement. .

The county said officials were working with Costco to identify people who have been in close contact with infected employees and to ensure that disinfection measures and testing protocols are followed.

None of the other stores in the county have reported an outbreak, officials said.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Costco says on its website: “We are closely monitoring developments and are complying with public health guidelines.”

Costco requires all employees, members, and guests to wear face masks in their stores.

Costco was not immediately available to comment on this story.

Amy Graff is the editor-in-chief of SFGATE. Write to him: [email protected]

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