Town Employee test positive for COVID-19

December 17, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

A Town of Orangeville employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 10.

The staff member is currently in isolation and is working with the Town of Orangeville and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health on the matter.

While the person who tested positive was working out of the Town’s facilities, they did not have any contact with program participants and Public Health has advised that the incident is low risk.

Public Health is in the process of completing its protocols with respect to COVID-19 and is expected to contact individuals who may have been exposed to the staff member who contracted the virus.

“The Town has from the beginning, and will continue to, put the health and safety of both the community and staff at the forefront of our actions,” said General Manager of Corporate Services, Andrea McKinney.

“While we have worked to continue to provide modified services to the community, we have followed the advice and guidance of Public Health and the Province at every step. We have an active cleaning program in all facilities and rigorous health and safety protocols for both staff and the public.”

As a further precaution to the incident, the Town temporarily closed its recreation facilities on Dec. 10 to ensure a deep clean of program and staff areas. Those facilities have since reopened.

McKinney told the Citizen, if the Town believes it cannot maintain COVID-19 transmission within its facilities, it would further modify its operations, which includes cancelling programs, if necessary.

In a press release, the Town said it has and continues to follow Public Health guidelines and notes that it is important for everyone to stay diligent and continue to practice safety measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in Orangeville. These measures include:

  •  Washing hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds

•    Staying home if sick, self-isolating from others and getting tested

•    Keeping a physical distance of at least two metres from others in your group, unless they are household members or in your social circle

•    Wearing a mask or face covering in an enclosed space, especially in settings where it is difficult to maintain a physical distance from others

•    Meeting up outside and keeping gathering times short

•    Taking extra precautions if people are elderly or have chronic health conditions

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