DAVIS CO., Utah — Lagoon, the best-known enterprise in Davis County and Utah’s top amusement park, had 28 constructive COVID-19 instances for the reason that starting of the pandemic, in line with the county well being division.
Issues have been worse at Lifetime Products in Clearfield. The corporate, which manufactures plastic tables, chairs, and a wide range of out of doors tools, has had 47 infections, in line with the Davis County Health Department.
Different producers within the county have been hit laborious, too. The Davis County Well being Division knowledge signifies California Packaging in North Salt Lake had 26 folks contract the virus.
The Davis County Well being Division supplied FOX 13 with a listing of workplaces within the county with outbreaks – outlined as having two or extra worker infections over a 14-day span. An outbreak is taken into account “closed” after 28 days with no new case.
The info doesn’t mirror infections amongst clients or patrons.
Davis County is the third-most populous county within the state. Whereas it has no main downtown, no residential universities and no homeless shelters or prisons like those that have driven infection rates in Salt Lake and Utah counties, the information reveals how suburban communities between the Wasatch Mountains and the Nice Salt Lake have struggled to “flatten the curve.”
“The place can we spend most of our time? Many people within the workforce? It is on the work web site. At a enterprise,” stated Brian Hatch, director of the Davis County Well being Division. “There’s not a enterprise that is going to be immune.”
The office outbreak knowledge factors to some companies having a considerably worse an infection charge in comparison with the remainder of Davis County.
Roughly 2% of all Davis County residents have examined constructive for the virus.
“That’s in all probability a low estimate,” Hatch stated. “There’s knowledge on the market suggesting that we’re lacking instances, which I firmly consider.”
Lifetime Merchandise – 47 instances
Lifetime has had extra worker infections than another office in Davis County.
The corporate’s CEO, Richard Hendrickson, stated he disagreed with the Davis County Well being Division’s definition of an outbreak.
“Let me inform you what I feel an outbreak is. An outbreak is that if there’s a place the place you go and folks start to get the illness. That’s not one thing we now have right here at Lifetime,” Hendrickson stated. “Once you have a look at any quantity, it’s a must to ratio it in opposition to the entire. One or two folks out of ten is a extremely huge deal!”
Hendrickson stated Lifetime has greater than 2,500 full-time staff and lots of of part-time staff in Davis County, that means lower than 2% have contracted the virus.
“Lifetime, specifically, has completed an ideal job,” Hatch stated. “They’ve completed precisely what we’ve been recommending.”
Hendrickson credited the corporate’s success to its abroad expertise with the virus in Asia. He stated this led to the early implementation of temperature checks and masks in america.
“We began doing that in March,” Hendrickson stated. “I feel it actually served us properly to be offensive and early… The employer’s accountability is to just remember to have issues in place so it may’t unfold.”
The Davis County Well being Division confirmed Lifetime Merchandise has been in an open outbreak since Could 25, 2020.
Lagoon Amusement Park – 28 instances
Clients at Lagoon posted images and movies on social media in late October expressing considerations with a scarcity of social distancing and folks sporting masks.
“My rapid thought was, truthfully, simply go away and are available dwelling,” stated Lagoon patron Stefanie Casey. “How can we proceed to assist native companies in the event that they’re not prepared to be careful for his or her group?”
Adam Leishman, a spokesperson for Lagoon, stated the amusement park employs roughly 3,000 part-time staff and 200 full-time staff. This implies the corporate’s recorded 28 infections signify lower than 1% of its workforce.
“We’re an organization struggling by way of a pandemic identical to all the opposite firms are,” Leishman stated. “We’ve been capable of function since Could safely.”
Hatch stated Lagoon has “completed an ideal job of containing” the virus.
Some patrons disagree.
“Everybody was tremendous crammed,” stated buyer Kyra Allred. “It was simply unhealthy! They only – I feel they’re making an attempt their finest… I imply it was nonetheless a enjoyable day, however not what I used to be anticipating it to be.”
Taylor Bybee, proprietor of the Coaster Studios YouTube channel, said he would not be renewing his season pass.
“Simply very, very poor design,” Bybee stated, annoyed with the crowded and disorganized traces that blended into eachother.
Leishman stated Lagoon this 12 months has been letting fewer patrons into the park than years previous, however he declined to quote precise numbers.
Throughout FOX 13’s interview with Leishman, a buyer who did not need to put on a masks interrupted.
“They stated if we’re not in line we do not have to put on (masks)!” the person shouted.
“There is a public well being order from the governor,” Leishman responded.
“I technically have a medical exemption!” the person countered.
“Excellent,” Leishman stated.
Leishman later defined to FOX 13 that staff are typically not alleged to be confrontational with patrons.
“We will kick folks out as a result of it’s non-public property, however we’re additionally not very concerned about a battle,” Leishman stated.
The Davis County Well being Division confirmed Lagoon has been in an open outbreak since Could 20, 2020.
California Packaging – 26 instances
The 26 infections at California Packaging in North Salt Lake represents as much as 25% of its workforce.
A supervisor acknowledged the enterprise has 104 employees however in any other case declined to talk to FOX 13 citing “worker privateness.”
An worker instructed FOX 13 he was shocked to listen to of the massive variety of instances. Nonetheless, he stated he felt like California Packaging is a secure place to work.
“I don’t perceive how they get so lots of them,” the worker stated. “They need to give us a printout.”
The Davis County Well being Division confirmed an outbreak at California Packaging started on August 2, 2020 and was closed on September 30, 2020.
“It’s not alarming to see 25 out of 100 in a enterprise that has an setting that’s very conducive (to group unfold) as a result of there’s solely a lot they’ll do,” Hatch stated.
Bailey’s Shifting and Storage – 21 instances
Michael Arveseth, the chief monetary officer at Bailey’s Shifting and Storage, stated most of his firm’s 21 instances have been found in June.
Bailey’s Shifting and Storage has “in all probability about 120 to 140 staff” in Davis County, in line with Arveseth.
“We had already had issues in place that we thought would work,” Arveseth stated. “We wipe down vans, dashboards, steering wheels, door knobs, counters… Most individuals did not have any signs in any respect, or very very minor signs.”
FOX 13 estimates about 16% of the corporate’s staff in Davis County have been contaminated.
“We have now them keep dwelling,” Arveseth stated. “That’s what we stress with our staff: Should you’re sick, keep dwelling.”
Arveseth stated he nonetheless does not know why the outbreak occurred, however he is grateful issues have improved over the previous few months.
“We tried our easiest. We had procedures in place, and we improved on these procedures,” Arveseth stated. “Since then, we now have been primarily at zero.”
The Davis County Well being Division confirmed an outbreak at Bailey’s Shifting and Stoage started on Could 21, 2020 and was closed on July 18, 2020.
UST Company – 20 instances
A supervisor with UST Company instructed FOX 13 he was not concerned about making a touch upon the 20 infections recorded by the Davis County Well being Division.
“You simply go round to totally different companies randomly?” the supervisor requested.
“We’ll those which have the very best variety of worker infections,” responded FOX 13 investigative reporter Adam Herbets.
“Oh, properly, thanks. Sorry. See ya,” the supervisor responded, closing the door behind him.
The Division of Workforce Providers estimates UST employs between 100-249 employees.
The Davis County Well being Division confirmed UST’s first outbreak started on July 11, 2020 and was closed on August 26, 2020. Two days later, on August 28, 2020, a second outbreak started. It was later closed on October 23, 2020.
Zero Manufacturing – 20 instances
Representatives of Zero Manufacturing couldn’t be reached for remark by phone, e mail, or in particular person.
The corporate’s foyer in North Salt Lake was closed to the general public.
The Division of Workforce Providers estimates Zero Manufacturing employs between 100-249 employees.
The Davis County Well being Division confirmed Zero Manufacturing’s first outbreak started on Could 10, 2020 and closed on July 2, 2020. The corporate skilled a second outbreak from September 1, 2020 by way of October 26, 2020.
Not one of the Davis County companies talked about on this story with 20+ infections had been reported to the Utah Labor Fee.
“We’ve obtained lots of of complaints for the reason that starting of this outbreak about companies,” Hatch stated. “There hasn’t been something that’s resulted in us having to do something greater than educating and informing them of a greater apply. We have now not issued any violations… I’d not say that we now have any enterprise that has been an issue.”
The Davis County Well being Division’s checklist of office outbreaks could be discovered beneath.