COVID “Strike Team” Converges on Yakima County
According to new information sent out by the Washington State Department of Health, a "strike team" went to Yakima County, to apparently address COVID-19.
According to the DOH information release:
"On May 11, DOH deployed a team of ten infection specialists (eight DOH staff and two CDC staff) to support the Yakima Health District’s response to COVID-19 on many fronts. The county has multiple outbreaks at long term care facilities, including nursing homes and adult family homes. Our healthcare associated infections team was deployed to arrange testing, cohort patients and provide guidance to these facilities. "
They also addressed other areas of reported concern:
"In addition to the outbreaks in congregate care settings, the team assessed outbreaks at a meat-packing plant, a fruit-packing plant and a jail. They offered infection control guidance for these facilities and visited seasonal farm worker housing and packing plants to provide masks and ensure testing plans were in place. The team is currently working with multiple state agencies to put together a comprehensive guidance document for farm workers."
Based upon the use of the word "guidance" by Gov. Inslee, we're thinking it was likely a set of do's and don't's handed down as requirements by the state.
Considering the outbreak that occurred at the Tyson Foods Plant near Wallula, we're thinking perhaps one of these so-called "strike" teams might show up there next, if not already.