5 employees of U of New Mexico outpatient surgery center test positive for COVID-19

Five employees at Albuquerque, N.M.-based UNM Health's outpatient surgery center recently tested positive for COVID-19, local news affiliate KRQE reported Oct. 21.

What you should know:

1. Five employees at the surgery center attended a co-worker's wedding where masks were optional.

2. UNM Health confirmed the cases and said the employees contracted the virus off the job. The health system said to KRQE, "We cannot control what our employees do outside of work and that the spread was community-related not the result of hospital exposure."

3. The hospital doesn't believe patients were put at risk.

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