Gilbert Orchards reports 45 COVID-19 infections

Tests at an orchard near the Wiley City section of Yakima have returned 45 positive COVID-19 test results. According to the Yakima Health District, health officials were notified of 45 COVID-19 cases stemming from Gilbert Orchards on Thursday. All employees are being required to take a test every three to seven days.

Gilbert Orchards management will have to continually monitor staff for coronavirus symptoms while ensuring that social distancing guidelines and proper mask usage are being followed. Otherwise, the outbreak could continue to grow.

Gilbert Orchards is expected to require staff testing until 14 days after the last positive test was identified. Additional cases must be reported to the YHD so they can provide additional resources and guidance to help curb the outbreak.

Health officials say that the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has been notified. reports on Gilbert Orchards as producing and selling organic fruit including a variety of apples and pears. They’re also known for fresh nectarines, apricots and cherries. Their fruit is sold wholesale both domestically and internationally.

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