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Outbreak of COVID-19 at a Local Cookie Factory, AbiMar Foods, Inc.

Author(s): Miranda Rice, Christine Lucio, Emily S Bailey

We describe coronavirus disease among cookie factory workers in Abilene, Texas during the initial coronavirus outbreak in March 2020. Among 560 factory workers, 57 had confirmed COVID-19 and 1 worker died. This outbreak among high density factory workers highlights the importance of public health intervention and immediate response upon the discovery of cases of an infectious virus.

Additionally, in this working environment, ethnic minorities were disproportionally affected, prompting the need for additional research around the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in these populations.

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