Employees at the county services building were sent home today so emergency officials can clean and disinfect the building after a reported coronavirus case in the county assessor’s office, according to numerous employees.
“EMS has a system they use to disinfect their ambulances,” said county Emergency Management Director Jeff Smith. “They came over to use that on the building.”
Smith did not know if the virus case was an employee or someone else.
Employees say they’re being told they can return to work this afternoon, but were instructed to wash their clothes immediately.
UPDATE 2:24 p.m.: Smith said the case is a confirmed COVID-19 infection of an employee at the county assessor’s office. The building has been closed the rest of the day for disinfection by EMS using specialized equipment.
All employees will be tested tomorrow morning for the virus, but they are not required to quarantine or wear PPEs. The employee who tested positive will be quarantined and will not be able to report back to work until cleared by the county health department.
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Two employees are being quarantined in addition to the employee who tested positive, after an investigation by the health department. Employees are being asked to wear masks and to don gloves when dealing with the public.