Two park employees, 3 visitors positive for COVID-19

Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Two concession employees and three visitors at Yellowstone National Park have recently tested positive for COVID-19, a park press release announced Tuesday.

The  employees were symptomatic, and were isolated after testing positive, the release said. One employee had symptoms and was tested outside the park, the other inside.

Several other employees have also been quarantined, the release said, as a precaution.

According to the release, nearly 50 tests concentrated around the area where one of the employees worked and on health officials and first responders have been conducted, with no additional positives.

“The park is closely monitoring new cases with its business and county health partners. No further information will be released in order to protect each employee’s privacy,” the release said. “These are the first positive tests out of the nearly 2,000 concession and National Park Service employees who work in the park over the past two months.”

The three visitors are the first out of an estimated 1.4 million park visitors to have symptoms inside the park and test positive for COVID-19.

“Some of these visitor cases had symptoms prior to entering the park,” Superintendent Cam Sholly said in the release. “If you have symptoms as your visit is approaching, do the responsible thing and don’t come to the park. You end up putting our employees, health care providers, and other visitors at risk.”

Also in the release, the park announced 1,237 surveillance tests of Yellowstone employees have been conducted, with no positives so far and 205 with results still pending.

Park County reported two positive cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 42 confirmed coronavirus cases during the pandemic, eight of which are active.