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County confirms coronavirus outbreak at Pacific Beach gym

County confirms coronavirus outbreak at Pacific Beach gym
Posted at 2:07 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 17:07:26-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County’s public health officer said a Pacific Beach gym ordered to close last week has been linked to a community COVID-19 outbreak.

The Gym, located at 2949 Garnett Ave., was ordered to close on July 23 for violating public health orders, according to a document from the county.

County Public Health officer Wilma Wooten said the county discovered the outbreak on Tuesday. Wooten couldn’t offer any further details. A community outbreak is defined as three or more coronavirus cases linked to one location.

The county's order last week stated that "the owners/operators of the Gym have acknowledged that they are aware of the Public Health Orders but will not voluntarily comply."

The document added, "despite efforts to educate and enforce State and local law at this property, the Gym's failure to safely operate is an imminent health and safety risk and an imminent health hazard."

The county says The Gym can reopen once fitness activities have been moved outdoors in compliance with state and local guidance and the county health officer has approved the location to reopen.

According to The Gym's Instagram account on Tuesday, the gym is preparing its property to offer an outdoor gym.

The news comes as 282 more people tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the total to 28,287. Five new deaths were also reported, bringing the total to 552 fatalities.