EVERETT, Washington, August 24, 2021 – Today, the Snohomish Health District confirmed a small outbreak involving employees at the district headquarters located at 3020 Rucker Avenue in Everett. These people remain isolated at home and close contacts have been notified.
In accordance with the spirit and letter of the health care confidentiality laws, the health district will not comment further on the health status of staff members involved in the outbreak.
The Snohomish Health District informed all employees of the outbreak this afternoon. Any building staff who had been in the building since August 18 were asked to be tested. As the confirmed cases were not in public roles, people who had visited the Rucker Building did not need to be tested.
In-person health district services at the Rucker building will not be available until August 31. The building will be carefully cleaned and disinfected before reopening. Online services remain in place via www.snohd.org, with all employees working remotely or offsite until the building reopens on September 1.
Two or more cases in a workplace are considered an outbreak, even if it is a small one. This is being managed aggressively in excess of caution, in accordance with current standards and in consultation with the Washington State Department of Health.
The health district has been prepared for the possibility that employees may test positive for COVID-19 or need to self-quarantine since the response began. The health district will continue to follow its own guidelines for employers and take all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Content source: Snohomish Health District press release