Santa Clara County has fined Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center $43,000 for delays in reporting a coronavirus outbreak that has swelled from 43 to 60 emergency department staffers and killed one employee.

The county sent Kaiser a notice of violation after it learned about the outbreak, saying the fine was “one for each of personnel that these 43 personnel tested.” At the time the outbreak was first announced on Jan. 3, 43 people had been infected, but that number has since grown.

Employers are required to report positive coronavirus cases to the county Public Health Department within four hours of finding out an employee has tested positive.


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