The outbreak comes during a busy stretch for the company, which has completed four Falcon 9 launches since Dec. 9, including a cargo supply mission to the International Space Station early Tuesday.
At least 132 employees at SpaceX’s California headquarters have tested positive for COVID-19, the largest non-residential confirmed case count in Los Angeles County.
The data were reported Monday by county health officials, noting that the figures are dynamic and subject to change. Nearly 6,000 employees work at Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s headquarters in Hawthorne, near Los Angeles International Airport.
SpaceX told the Washington Post on Tuesday, Dec. 21, that “only one case was suspected to have occurred at work.” The numbers were from over several months, going back to September, when “several employees who work in the same area contracted COVID outside of work at a non-work-related event,” according to the report.