6 COVID-19 cases reported at WIPP in April

COVID-19 continued its presence at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant last month and in early May but infections appeared to be slowing with less than five reported weekly since the start of April.

Six cases of COVID-19 were reported at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant throughout the entire month of April, with two reported so far in May, records show.

The latest report from Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) – the primary operations contractor at WIPP – showed two cases between May 6 and 13, bringing the nuclear waste repository’s total caseload to 275 infections since the pandemic first struck New Mexico in March 2020.

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On April 2, NWP reported three positive cases, with one positive on April 9, two cases on April 16 no cases reported the following week on April 23.

Another infection was reported on April 30.

NWP spokesman Donavan Mager pointed to a decline in COVID-19 cases at WIPP, which officials said was consistent with a decreasing caseload in southeast New Mexico where WIPP is located near the border of Eddy and Lea counties.