A deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center has grown to more than 90 cases, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department said Tuesday.
At least 15 patients and at least 77 employees have been infected, of which an additional staff member still needs verification of a laboratory result, the health department said.
On Christmas Day, an employee wearing an air-powered wooden suit walked in the hallways of the emergency department of the hospital. Kaiser said the costume “probably” is responsible for employees getting COVID-19, including a registration expert who later died.
The health department said the source of the outbreak is still under investigation.