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2 COVID-19 cases reported at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Two more cases of COVID-19 were reported at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last week, bringing the nuclear waste repository’s total to 260 infections among workers.

The latest infections were reported between March 11 and 17.

WIPP also reported three active cases of COVID-19 where infected workers were recovering and not cleared to return to work.

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Last week’s report marked the sixth week in a row of less than five COVID-19 cases reported at the facility, as the pandemic appeared to subside throughout New Mexico and the southeast region where WIPP is situated.

Officials with WIPP and Nuclear Waste Partnership – the contractor that oversees daily WIPP operations – credited the decline in cases, compared with multiple weeks of double-digit infection loads during the fall and winter, to an overall decrease in the local area.