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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 133636.015 Event: 01/02/2021Employee With Covid-19 Infection Dies
An employee was a Warehouse Clerk and engaged in inventory, packaging, shipping, and receiving tasks. The employer engages in warehousing, packaging, and shippi ng of machinery parts. The worksite is divided into a warehouse with attached of fice. On December 9, 2020, the employee worked his last day before exhibiting C OVID-19 related symptoms and being sent home for testing and quarantine. The emp loyee tested positive for COVID-19 on December 11, 2020. On December 18, 2020, t he employer received the results and conducted contact tracing, testing any pote ntial close contacts. One coworker who had tested negative for COVID-19 on Decem ber 18, 2020, was tested again on December 21, 2020, and tested positive. The em ployer closed business operations for the remainder of 2020 and sent all employe e's home. Most of the employee's coworkers had already been working remotely sin ce the start of the pandemic. The employee died at home at 2:00 p.m. on January 2, 2021, after having not sought medical treatment for COVID-19. The coworker wh o tested positive did not incur any COVID-19 symptoms and had an antibody test c onducted for COVID-19 on February 16, 2021, which was negative. The conclusion w as that the coworker never had COVID-19 and had a false positive. It is not know n how the employee contracted COVID-19 as none of his coworkers tested positive for the illness.
Keywords: infectious disease
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1516781.015 Fatality Occupation Not Listed

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