The only recorded coronavirus outbreak at a construction site in Denver has been at DIA

At least 14 workers tested positive.

Check-in lines were super bad at Denver International Airport on a very snowy day, Oct. 29, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Check-in lines were super bad at Denver International Airport on a very snowy day, Oct. 29, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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An outbreak at a Denver International Airport job site affecting 14 employees from an insulation company last month has been the only reported novel coronavirus outbreak at a construction site in Denver, according to the Department of Public Health and Environment.

The city’s Joint Information Center said the outbreak occurred among employees at Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing. While the outbreak is listed on the state’s public health website as an industrial setting outbreak, it doesn’t mention its location, DIA. The state lists May 1 as the date the illnesses were determined to be an outbreak.

DIA spokesperson Emily Williams said in an email that the team was working at the A-West Gate Expansion project. The job site includes more than 550 workers.

“These employees do not work in the public space at DEN and had limited exposure to other employees working on the site,” Williams wrote. “After the contractor was made aware of potential positive cases, the site was closed for several days to clean and disinfect, and when employees returned to the site, they participated in an educational orientation program to ensure every employee has the latest information about preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

Williams added the contractor followed DDPHE health orders “to practice social distancing, enhanced hygiene and cleaning of all access areas,” as well as screening employee temperatures at the job site.

A spokesperson for Alpha Insulation and Waterproofing declined to comment and asked questions be forwarded to Turner Construction Company, the main contractor on the site. Alpha was a subcontractor on the site. Turner Construction Company has not immediately returned a request for comment.

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