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YNP: More than 1000 employees surveillance tests result in zero positives so far

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Yellowstone National Park says zero positives have resulted out of 1,237 COVID-19 surveillance tests performed on its employees so far. The numbers come from tests conducted over the past eight weeks.

According to a release, 205 test result are still pending.

The release says two Yellowstone concession employees that showed symptoms of COVID tested positive for the virus. The employees were isolated and “mitigation steps were taken in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Accordingly, health officials led contact tracing,” said the release.

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The release says the first employee likely contracted the virus outside of the park. The second had symptoms while in the park and was quarantined. Additional tests on employees around the area resulted in zero positives.

The release says three separate visitors have tested positive recently after being in the park. The visitors sought medical help at Yellowstone clinics. It is likely two of the visitors contracted the virus outside of the park.

It has not been determined where the third visitor may have contracted the virus.

The release says the three positives are the first out of some 1.4 million visitors who tested positive for the virus since the park opened this season.

“At this point, a limited number of cases have appeared in different locations around the park,” said U.S. Public Health Officer, George Larsen in the release. “Currently, there is no indication of any type of community spread in the park although we are monitoring it very closely.”  

As of Tuesday, Park County has 101 seen confirmed cases of COVID-19, and zero deaths.