In just three weeks, another 100 workers at the Fashion Nova distribution center in Los Angeles Added to Los Angeles County data tracking businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The popular fast-fashion brand has seen 304 employees contract the virus, according to data collected by the Los Angeles County Department of Health, up from 203 at the end of January, WWD mentioned. It’s certainly not the only brand or retailer that has seen cases of workers increase, at times, dramatically, in recent weeks, according to county data, but it has had the highest number of cases among fashion companies in the Los Angeles area.
However, Fashion Nova insists the county numbers do not represent the current health situation at the facility, which employs thousands of workers. A representative for the brand said the county’s data shows the total number of worker cases over the past four months, acknowledging that about 250 workers who contracted the disease in that time have returned to work. According to an internal count, Fashion Nova says nearly 40 workers who have fallen ill have not returned to work because their assignments have ended, while there are currently 20 employees due to COVID. Finally, she said, 307 workers have contracted the virus since October.
Meanwhile, the county describes its data as current and updated daily, but a representative could not be reached for further comment. The county data also shows a number of cases among the various businesses in Los Angeles that has actually been declining in recent weeks — and has eliminated some businesses entirely, as they no longer have workers infected with the virus. However, the Fashion Nova facility remains open and a representative said county health officials have visited it, leaving it that way.
During the summer, L.A. Apparel was from Dov Charney forced to shut down For some time because it has had more than 300 workers infected with COVID-19 and four related deaths. Now, L.A. Apparel has reported 62 cases, up from 35 three weeks ago. More brands and retailers are still seeing outbreaks either pop up for the first time or increase in the same time frame, while fewer have been able to reduce the number of sick workers.
Louis Vuitton now has 80 sick workers at one manufacturing center in San Dimas, up from 29 workers spread between two centers in late January. The repair has 52 sick workers, up from 21. Bottega Veneta appears to have had a new outbreak in Beverly Hills, where it has now reported 11 cases of the virus among workers there. The Vans distribution center recently reported 155 cases among its workers. As for Amazon, among five distribution centers in Los Angeles, it has 422 cases of the virus, up from 328 cases among six centers. Target has 487 cases among 12 stores, which is actually a slight decrease from the previous number of 572 cases among 17 stores.
Meanwhile, the Michael Kors distribution center has remained flat with 88 active cases, as has Revolve, with 28.
A few stores have managed to scrap the county’s data entirely, as employees appear to be recovering from the virus. Nordstrom is a retailer, after 42 cases were reported between two store locations. Another is Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, 13 workers previously had the virus. But it is clear that workers in related retail and distribution jobs remain at risk of contracting the virus, as their work requires them to either interact with the public or with large numbers of colleagues on a daily basis.
The general situation with this epidemic transformed dramatically in Los Angeles in recent weeks, after about two months of a post-holiday increase that saw daily records of new cases and pushed area hospitals to breaking point. Although the area still reports thousands of new virus cases each day, averaging nearly 450 associated deaths per week, state and city officials have hailed the rapidly declining rate of positivity as a good sign. At the end of January, Los Angeles quickly followed state in Almost all businesses reopen which have been closed due to the post-holiday spread, including restaurants and barbershops, and cases have continued to decline over the past two weeks.
But non-essential retail in Los Angeles has only remained open with certain capacity restrictions since May last year, and many warehouses and manufacturing have not closed at any point during the pandemic. These workers, considered essential businesses since the outbreak began last March, have continued to interact with the public and with each other on a daily basis. And companies have only been required to report publicly to county health officials since November, as part of emergency measures that have been put in place.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated after its initial publication to include Fashion Nova’s claims regarding its current health status for workers.
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