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City Manager: Employee’s spouse tests positive

LOCK HAVEN — Three city employees who returned to work after being laid off are now in self quarantine after one’s spouse tested positive for COVID-19, City Manager Gregory Wilson said.

“The city is following the guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to address that employee’s access to work and paid FMLA under the Families First extension while the employee is in quarantine,” Wilson said.

The two other employees are also self isolating after it was found they had close contact with the person, Wilson said.

“(They) have been sent home with pay for seven days and may return provided that they have no symptoms and have not had a fever for at least 72 hours at the end of the seven day period,” he continued.

Three other employees were also interviewed and found to not have had close contact with the employee. They will continue to work.

City Fire Chief Robert Neff and his crews began sanitizing surfaces the employee may have touched on Tuesday.

“Under the direction of Chief Neff, the fire department sanitized all vehicles, equipment, tools and any other shared surfaces at the city worksite,” Wilson said.

“The city will continue to evaluate essential tasks that need to be accomplished safely and examine staffing levels to see who can be returned to onsite work while providing for employee health and safety,” he concluded.

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