Manatee County shuts down administrative building after positive COVID-19 tests
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - Manatee County Government officials announced Friday that they would be closing the administrative building after multiple COVID-19 cases were detected among employees.
“After a number of COVID-19 cases were detected among county employees -- including two deaths of our work family this week -- the downtown County Administration Building at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., will close to the public today at 2:30 p.m.,” the county announced in a tweet.
Manatee County officials say the building will be disinfected and fogged over the weekend.
There are five known cases with four hospitalization within the technology department. Dr. Scott Hopes, Manatee County Administrator, says that two individuals died and both individuals were installing computers in the buildings.
The building is being evacuated floor by floor.
Dr. Hopes say that the vaccine appeared to help prevent a massive spread of the illness and said he was encouraging county employees to take the opportunity to get vaccinated.
Dr. Hopes to local media: COVID-19 is still in our community. Vaccines appear to be very effective at preventing illness and certainly severe illness. I'm encouraging employees and their families to take advantage of vaccine clinics where they're available.— 🧼👏🧼ManateeGov (@ManateeGov) June 18, 2021
Epidemiologists are on site performing contact tracing. They plan to reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. Everyone inside the building, including employees and guests, will be required to wear face masks.
Due to a number of COVID-19 cases detected among employees, the County AdminBuilding will close to the public today at 2:30pm. Offices will reopen on Monday, June 21 at 8 am. When our offices reopen, COVID-19 safety protocols will resume, including mandatory face masks. pic.twitter.com/lEs902dnJp— 🧼👏🧼ManateeGov (@ManateeGov) June 18, 2021
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