- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) - At least 25 COVID-19 cases have been reported at the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie, public health officials said Wednesday.

The outbreak involves 23 staff and two guests, according to a news release sent by Public Health - Seattle & King County spokeswoman Sharon Bogan.

Anyone who visited the popular lodge east of Seattle next to Snoqualmie Falls overnight or during the day from Sept. 16-30 should get tested for COVID-19 and monitor for symptoms, the news release said.

Salish Lodge & Spa is fully cooperating with Public Health to implement recommendations, is facilitating testing for staff and is currently closed, according to health officials. The Salish Lodge & Spa restaurants will be closed the week of Sept. 28, says a message on its website.

“We have done everything possible to protect our guests and team members since the beginning of the pandemic, including elevating our health, hygiene, safety and sanitation protocols and following health agency guidance,” Alan Stephens, General Manager of Salish Lodge & Spa said in the news release.

Stephens also said the entire facility will be sanitized.

State health officials on Wednesday reported 480 additional COVID-19 cases in Washington as of Tuesday night, and two more deaths, The Seattle Times reported.

The update brings the state’s totals to 87,522 cases and 2,126 deaths, according to the state Department of Health.

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