City of Bloomington Utilities Employee Receives Positive COVID-19 Result

(BLOOMINGTON) – A City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) employee today received a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test administered on Monday, December 14. 

The employee, who works in CBU’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) division, began experiencing symptoms on Sunday, December 13. The employee was placed in isolation and began paid leave the following day. 

No close contacts among co-workers or 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.)  Cleaning protocols at the employee’s workspace have been initiated.    

Today’s announcement brings the total number of positive COVID-19 cases that have been reported at CBU since the start of the pandemic to10; the last positive result at the water utility was reported on Thursday, December 3, in a separate division. Since March, 46 positive COVID-19 viral test results have been reported 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.