NEWBERRY - The City of Newberry reports that one a team member has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was working in City Hall and was last in a city facility on June 18. The positive result was confirmed over the weekend. Because of privacy laws, specific details about the employee will not be released.

Newberry officials state, "Our top commitment is to the safety of our customers, neighbors, and employees. As a result, we want to reassure you that the employee is under quarantine and being monitored by health professionals. A detailed contact tracing is being performed by health officials to identify others who may have come in close contact with the infected employee. Employees who worked closely with this employee are being tested and quarantining. If you have concerns about your exposure, please contact your medical professional or the Department of Health."

The City of Newberry will continue to follow CDC guidelines for workplace safety, require employees to use facial coverings, promote good hygiene practices and share health, safety and travel guidelines with all employees.

Officials further state, "We want to reassure our residents that there is staff on hand for ongoing operations and customer service inquiries. Many departments are working from remote locations until the pandemic eases. We are here and working to support you every day."

As a precaution, City Hall has been closed to visitors and customers due to the exposure, but the drive-thru is available for customers wishing to make payments. The City is working with professional cleaners to disinfect the building before re-opening.

The City of Newberry encourages the community to practice social distancing by making account inquiries or paying bills online or by phone to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. For questions about Newberry’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.ci.newberry.fl.us or call 352-472-2161.

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