The city of St. Cloud has received confirmation that 11 employees have tested positive for COVD-19 since the start of the pandemic, despite some of them having no symptoms of the virus.
In response to this, the city of St. Cloud immediately took the following measures:
•The city directed the employees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for two weeks and advised the employees they would not be permitted to return to work until the employees tested negative for an active infection.
•The city is working to provide on-site testing for employees who might have had contact with the infected employees and/or the city will direct employees to alternative sites for testing.
•The city professionally cleaned the work areas and common places affected (with the AeroClave cleaning system, which, sanitized and disinfects the work areas and common places affected).
•Since March of 2020, when the Centers for Disease Control announced the pandemic and established workplace safety guidelines, the city has provided its employees in all departments personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of the St. Cloud’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP Plan) and the Incident Management Team for COVID-19.
•The city of St. Cloud will provide full support to employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. Employees that are actively infected with the virus are now receiving medical care.
The city is taking action to ensure the health and safety of its employees, their families and residents. As previously communicated, city officials have asked employees who are able to perform work offsite to telecommute instead. City officials continue to communicate openly and frequently with employees and encourage everyone to exercise caution and take all appropriate health and safety measures (CDC guidelines), in coordination with their supervisors. The safety of the city’s employees and residents continues to be the number one priority, according to a press release.