Aspen Paper Products in Kansas City, MO, site of latest COVID-19 cluster

More than 200 positive tests
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Posted at 6:16 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 21:47:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department announced a new COVID-19 cluster Tuesday evening.

The department said more than 200 Kansas City residents have tested positive for the virus after an outbreak at Aspen Paper Products, located at 4231 Clary Blvd.

The first positive test for an employee came back in mid-May, the department said, and as case counts continued to increase the company provided testing for all employees.

The health department said it has given Aspen recommendations for mitigation, including sanitization and social distancing guidelines.

Aspen employs around 850 employees, according to the department.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said it is "aware" of the cluster and will work with Aspen on ensuring a safe work environment.

"DHSS is aware of the cases at Aspen Products," the department said in a statement to 41 Action news. "DHSS, in collaboration with the local public health agency, will work with the employer to ensure awareness of cleaning recommendations and testing strategies. The local public health agency is the lead in the investigation."

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