Plasma center employee tests positive for coronavirus in Kalamazoo

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 17:21:58-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — An employee at Grifols BioMat USA, a plasma center in Kalamazoo, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Kalamazoo County Government announced Friday.

The employee, who was symptomatic and wearing a face covering and shield, most recently worked June 27-29 and July 3, 8 and 9, according to a news release.

Officials urge anyone who was at the center on those days to monitor themselves for symptoms, as “transmission is possible during the prolonged close contact which may occur during the process of plasma donation.”

The health department continues to contact trace, but believes it will be difficult to reach everyone who may have been exposed, according to the release.

“People should be aware that they may receive a phone call or message from us,” said Jim Rutherford, Kalamazoo County Health Officer. “We ask if you do, please call us back. Reducing the risk of community transmission is a critical intervention for COVID-19.”

Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, fatigue, loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache and sore throat.