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COVID-19 outbreak at Pueblo Steel Mill

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Pueblo County Department of Health and Environment confirmed on Tuesday that there is an active COVID-19 outbreak at the EVRAZ/Rocky Mountain Steel Mill.

EVRAZ reported the outbreak to health officials on Sept. 18. An outbreak in a facility is defined as two or more cases of COVID-19 during a 14-day period.

According to EVRAZ North America, three employees who work in the rail mill contracted the virus and are no longer working while they recover.

Through contact tracing, EVRAZ has identified other employees who may have been in contact with the three confirmed cases. However, none are showing symptoms of the virus.

With guidance from health officials, EVRAZ says they have taken steps to mitigate the spread of the virus -- including disinfecting a portion of the facility that may have been in contact with the three confirmed cases.

The Rocky Mountain Steel Mill remains operational. EVRAZ says they will continue a number of policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

These policies include mandatory masks, regular temperature screenings for all employees, and and social distancing.

The rail mill, where the three employees worked, is currently shut down for two weeks. However, EVRAZ says the facility has not been shut down because of the outbreak, but for a annual maintenance check-up.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

Health / Local News / Pueblo

Dan Beedie

Dan is a bureau reporter based out of Pueblo. Learn more about Dan here.

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  1. “…defined as two or more cases…”

    Nothing like justifying your job at the Health Department by calling everything an “outbreak.” Nothing in this article suggests they caught it from each other. How many total employees are there?

    Politics…

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