(BLOOMINGTON) – Two City of Bloomington employees reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests this week. Neither employee had been identified as a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City. Details of each case are as follows:
- One employee of the Public Works Department who works in the Sanitation Division began experiencing symptoms on Thursday, December 31, isolated, and was tested Saturday, January 2, receiving the positive result Monday, January 4. Co-workers identified as close contacts of this employee were identified and contacted, and are quarantining. Cleaning protocols at the employee’s workspace and shared areas have been completed. No close contacts among the general public were identified. (Close contact is defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset–or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection–until the time the patient is isolated.)
- An employee of the Parks and Recreation Department who works at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center began experiencing symptoms on Monday, January 4, isolated, and was tested Wednesday, January 6, receiving the positive result the same day. No close contacts were identified among co-workers or the general public. Cleaning protocols of the employee’s workspace and shared areas have been completed.
Today’s announcement brings to 56 the total number of positive COVID-19 viral test results that have been reported since the start of the pandemic by City workers, including those employed by the municipal corporations that operate the water utility (CBU) and transit system (Bloomington Transit). An additional City employee reported a positive COVID-19 antibody test result.
The City of Bloomington is committed to sharing information about how its operations and workforce are affected by this public health emergency and will continue to provide updates about confirmed cases among staff while protecting employees’ privacy.