Two County employees on field crews have tested positive for COVID-19. This marks the first cases of COVID-19 within the Benton County organization.
County officials were made aware of the first COVID-19 positive employee on Friday, July 24, 2020 and sent an internal message to the staff at the facility the employee works at. Officials became aware of a second employee with a positive COVID-19 test on Saturday. Potentially exposed employees, from both cases, were identified and notified through contact tracing. Following public health guidance, all potentially exposed employees will be tested and quarantined for up to 14 days where they will closely monitor their symptoms.
The Avery Complex, the County facility that both of these employees report to, was disinfected and sanitized according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards by a professional cleaning crew over the weekend. The Avery Building’s lobby will remain open to the public at this time.
Benton County will continue to encourage the employees who are able to telework to do so in order to create the safest environment possible for the employees that must physically report to work.
“Our first priority is the safety of all Benton County employees and our community members,” says Joe Kerby, Benton County administrator. “COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate and it impacts all of us. We must continue to practice the public health measures that have been proven to reduce transmission. If you have an employee that is sick, they should remain at home until they have been without a fever and are symptom-free for at least 72 hours.”