Seven residents with COVID-19 at a nursing home in Washington state died after staff members attended a 300-person wedding.
According to NBC News, the get-together violated the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions.
A press release from the Grant County Health District reported that the deaths occurred at three county facilities. They were men in their 70s, 80s, and 90s who had underlying health conditions. Four other fatalities are waiting for death certificate reviews.
Reports from the health department will examine whether the deaths are linked to a wedding that happened on November 7 in Ritzville, Washington.
An investigation found that some employees at the facilities tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the wedding.
Health officials did not say how many employees attended the wedding. NBC News reached out to the health department spokesperson for a comment but haven’t received a statement in response.
“Because staff in these facilities care for entire units, direct contact with associated patients is not known,” the agency said.
The health department previously shared that the large wedding was linked to 40 cases of COVID-19 and outbreaks at a school and nursing home. Once people tested positive for the deadly virus, the 300 guests were asked to get tested and quarantine.
“Our most vulnerable community members — elderly, immunocompromised, and those with chronic conditions — are especially at risk of complications due to a COVID-19 infection and we must continue to take measures to protect them from this disease. The best way to do that is by staying home as much as possible,” the health department urged.
“Your choice to gather with those outside your household could lead to additional cases of COVID-19 and even death. Please protect those you love, by staying home."