49 workers at SoFi Stadium project test positive for COVID-19

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says that 49 people working at the $5-billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood have tested positive for COVID-19.

The total, which doesn’t detail when the workers were tested or what jobs they performed, represents an increase of 16 cases in the department’s count in a little more than a week, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The department also reported on July 17 that seven people working for the general contractor overseeing construction of the adjacent NFL Media building have tested positive. Two other people are listed as symptomatic, but the cases hadn’t been confirmed.

Last month, the department told The Los Angeles Times that “an investigation was opened” into COVID-19 cases at SoFi Stadium, but the agency hasn’t responded to questions about what that includes or about the most recent cases at the 298-acre site.

Turner-AECOM Hunt, the joint venture leading the stadium project, said in a statement it has a “robust mitigation program” to combat the spread of the illness that includes close contract tracing for positive and presumed positive cases.

“To put the number of confirmed cases in perspective, over the past five months there have been in excess of 4,000 people on site,” the statement said.

The stadium developers said this month that the project is 97% complete.

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