Coronavirus: Workers at hotel project near Google HQ test positive

A boutique hotel project being built blocks from Google’s
headquarters in Mountain View has been shut down since early June
after 10 construction workers tested positive for coronavirus.

The five-story Shashi Hotel project on the 1600 block of N.
Shoreline Blvd. is the largest construction site in Santa Clara
County to be shut down by public health and city officials.

Santa Clara County public health officials announced Friday that
13 construction sites had at least one worker testing positive for
the virus. The Mountain View project had the widest exposure, with
10 workers testing positive and at least 30 potentially exposed,
according to the health department.

Two sites in San Jose and one in Milpitas also had multiple
workers test positive. Public health officials said developers have
voluntarily reported the infections and closed work sites.

The state eased coronavirus restrictions on construction
projects in early May, allowing workers to return with enhanced
safety precautions. Workers are required to wear personal
protective equipment, observe social distancing, and sanitize tools
and construction spaces. Developers must provide sinks and
sanitizers, and appoint supervisors to monitor compliance with the
health orders.

The Shashi Hotel, just a few blocks from the Googleplex
headquarters, was nearing completion when work was shut down around
June 5, according to the city. The city council approved the North
Bayshore project in 2016.

The four-star, boutique hotel adjacent to the Shoreline
Amphitheatre will have 200 rooms, a restaurant, cafe and retail
space, according to the Shashi website.

Mountain View chief building official Shellie Woodworth said two
electricians tested positive at the site, and developer Davis Reed
Construction reported the illnesses to the city and county health
officials. The San Diego-based developer did not return messages
seeking comment.

A developer of a multifamily housing project in Mountain View
also discovered a sick worker and immediately shut down, Woodworth
said. The project site was cleaned and work has resumed. Mountain
View inspectors are regularly visiting work sites, and Woodworth
said developers have been vigilant about posting work rules and
taking temperatures of employees on site.

Woodworth said developers must prove they have hired a certified
hazardous materials clean-up company and completely sanitized a
site before being allowed to re-open. Cleaning crews have been
sanitizing the hotel site, and workers could be allowed back as
early as this week.

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Mountain View has about two dozen major commercial and residential
construction projects under way, according to the planning division
website. The total does include the home renovations and smaller

Nine other projects in the Santa Clara County reported at least
one worker testing positive for the virus.

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Coronavirus: Workers at hotel project near Google HQ test