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Santa Clara County confirms 31 COVID-19 cases across four Costco locations, including Mountain View

Original post made on Jul 31, 2020

A public health investigation found that at least 31 employees across four Costco locations in Santa Clara County have tested positive for COVID-19, revealing a cluster of infections that may have happened in the retail stores.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 30, 2020, 9:37 PM

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Posted by Costco Shopper
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 31, 2020 at 12:29 am

Costco may claim to be enforcing safety protocols, but anyone who shops in those stores knows better. No crowd control, same pushing and shoving, the folks who "sanitize" the carts only sweep the top with a dirty rag, and plenty of folks (including employees) lower their masks so their noses hang out (or remove them entirely) once they're inside.

Stores with counts that high should be required to convert to curbside pickup only. Maybe the county should send in undercover inspectors to observe.

Posted by Are there inspectors?
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 31, 2020 at 1:50 am

Good idea posted above. The government should inspect businesses to see if they are helping contain or spread the coronavirus. But I will believe the county will inspect Costco if and when it does. Meanwhile, consumers should at least STOP GOING TO BUSINESSES LIKE COSTCO.

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 31, 2020 at 2:32 am

THis is the problem we have been dealing with.

Yes, we have NO inspections, and even if we did the current approach still cannot control COVID.

Imagine this, I have say interactions with 10 people and they have had 10 interactions with 10 others uniquely, that means I have been exposed to as much as 100 channels which COVID can infect me. But if you have 4 steps of separation regarding 10 people interacting with 10 peopled interacting with 10 people interacting with 10 people you no w have 10,000 potential channels of infection.

This is the problem with our current situation, we are not minimizing social exposures yet. The only way to do so is to schedule all resource actions, like going shopping for groceries, and having the people controlled so that there is no unnecessary infection possibilities. Or at the very least have all shopping done so that the products are delivered.

And what are we doing, we are encouraging more interactive potential like even going to an outdoor dining situation. The server could have been exposed to COVID via as many as 10,000 channels, the same goes with the persons sitting near you. And masks and hand cleaning is no insurance that you will not get infected.

The REALITY is if we continue this behavior, COVID infections cannot be stopped or slowed. I was at a Costco about 4 weeks ago, I did make sure me and my friend were wearing a mask, but that simply is still rolling the dice regarding infections

It is time to take this situation far more seriously and now establish some means of providing life supporting services to all of us, that means we should be getting housing, utilities, food, and vital information services provided for free for the time being, and deal with the cost later. This would also apply to the businesses too. No one should be being distressed regarding money at this time. Health TRUMPS money all the time. The Stock Market and the Banks should have been frozen as well.

I know I will get comments from people called He Got It Wrong, and He Embarrassed Himself and others trying to attack me personally, but my warnings I have made over and over again have been becoming reality. This story is a perfect example.

And I wish I had a cure or a vaccine, I would give it away for free because it would save peoples suffering and death and get our lives back to normal.

Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2020 at 7:44 am

My friend works at one of those locations.

Per her - management has not been strictly enforcing temperature checks of employees and pressuring people to work even if ill. she is still waiting on her result. she seems okay no symptoms. but one of the positives is a person that she works with daily.

Posted by Crescent Park Mom
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:22 am

I am shocked my the number of Costco employees that wear their masks only over their mouths and not their nose. Ive been traveling and been to 4 different Costco’s this month. At a Costco in Folsom three weeks ago, the employees had cut their mask ear loops tied together the strings at the top behind their heads and kept the bottom untied so the mask was flapping in front of their faces. It was really unconscionable.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 12:57 pm

I overheard one of the employees gossiping with another employee while I was there at the Mountain View Costco about 2 weeks ago. I was shocked to hear them state that the Corona Virus was a myth. I was upset in my mind overhearing their conversation but I just listened. Now look what happened to these folks. To make matters worse, this employee was wearing a mask but only over their mouth, exposing their nose. Hello! The whole point of the mask is to prevent you from allowing the virus to enter your body. Breathing in through the nose will do this. SMH!

People need to understand the difference between "Myth" and reality here. Should we go to NYC and dig up those bodies that were buried into the ground due to Covid? The masks are intended to be placed over the entire nose and mouth area. Costco needs to stop being passive and enforce this upon their employees and also to the customers that enter the store as well.

Posted by Frequent Costco shopper
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2020 at 1:34 pm

I shop at the Fremont and Livermore Costco usually and I have seen All employees and Customers wear masks always. The occasional times I go to the San Jose Senter Road Costco, again, everyone wears masks. The stores give some sort of sanitized wipes upon entering at entrance and it seems to me all safety protocols are being observed. Its true it is not as vigilant as in the beginning several months ago when there was a limited amount of customers allowed in each time and there are signs stating masks required but now everyone knows this is the rule and distance is enforced in all the check out lines. People are also very good in the isles to keep their distance. I think Costco is doing a good job adhering to the safety requirements for their employees and customers as I have seen. I shop about twice a week at Costco and also regular supermarkets. People all wear masks at the Costco gas area too. I wear mask and disposable gloves with each shopping excursion. Im glad Costco is open for shopping as it is one of my preferred outings during this pandemic shelter situation. It really is up to everyone to keep it safe for themselves and others and its temporary. If we want to shorten the duration, a little inconvenience now is necessary to get lives back to normal.

Posted by Are there inspectors?
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 31, 2020 at 2:25 pm

31 Costco employees test positive and some purported "Frequent Costco Shopper" from "another community" posts that all is well at Costco - at least in Fremont and Livermore. Local posters say otherwise about the MV store. The out-of-town post would be funny were the virus spread not so serious.

Posted by Ana
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 31, 2020 at 3:22 pm

It all comes down to those who have it already . I believe some of those that are infected simply just don't care about sanitizing and Don't care if they spread it to others. Resulting in more cases of the virus!

Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 31, 2020 at 6:41 pm

The Costco employees who believe COVID is a myth need to start listening to medical experts and stop getting their medical advice from FOX News and POTUS. July 30, Trump said "Children are at the lowest risk of any age group from the virus" and at the same time, summer camps in Missouri, Texas, Georgia and Arkansas have recently had outbreaks. Denial of science by a world leader is criminal not to mention a sign of low intelligence Web Link

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