COVID-19 outbreak at Pacific Beach San Diego gym cited for defying public health order – NBC 7 San Diego

A San Diego County official confirmed that there was a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a popular San Diego gym that was operating in violation of the county’s public health order last week.

At least three people affiliated with The Gym in Pacific Beach have tested positive for the new coronavirus, a San Diego county spokesman said.

The county did not confirm exactly how many people connected to The Gym have tested positive, but confirmed that an outbreak occurs in the community when three or more people from different households are linked to the same environment or positive location test for COVID-19.

County public health officials ordered The Gym to close immediately last Thursday for violating the public health order, which halted indoor operations of gyms, restaurants, and other businesses, but NBC 7 reported that customers were still seen inside the gym that Friday and over the weekend. .

It has been two weeks since they began taking more restrictive measures in San Diego County, and there are companies that are openly defying the public health order to close again, reports Jackie Crea of ​​NBC 7.

It was unclear whether the infections occurred while the business was operating illegally or before the public health order was amended on July 6.

It was also unclear whether the people who tested positive were employees or sponsors of The Gym, which is located off Interstate 5 on Garnet Avenue.

A gym outbreak was revealed Tuesday in the county public health department’s daily coronavirus update, although the exact facility involved was not disclosed. The county confirmed to NBC 7 on Wednesday that the outbreak was involving The Gym in Pacific Beach.

NBC 7 attempted to contact someone at The Gym for comment, but received no response. NBC 7 was unable to confirm whether the business was still notified of the outbreak, although the county said all businesses are notified when there is an outbreak linked to its facilities.

San Diego County was placed on Governor Gavin Newsom’s state watch list in early July for having a higher-than-desired number of COVID-19 cases per week. That prompted county health officials to take steps to address an increase in cases, including closing bars, closing indoor meals, and halting business operations in places like gyms and salons.