Low-risk exposure in municipal building - Springhill
The Municipality has been advised of a low-risk potential COVID-19 exposure at the Municipal Building at 43 Main Street in Springhill on May 14.
Municipal offices in the building had been previously closed to the public for a number of weeks due to the ongoing pandemic and with this potential exposure, the municipal offices have been closed until staff working there can be tested. This closure is out of an abundance of caution and there has been no Public Health order to close any section of the building. All staff working in the building since May 14th have been advised to seek a test for COVID-19. As this has been deemed to be a low-risk exposure by Public Health, there is no requirement for these staff members to self isolate. They will be self monitoring for symptoms until May 28th.
Once test results from all potentially impacted personnel have been received, the municipality will reassess the status of the municipal offices in the building.
“The health and safety of our employees is one of our top priorities,” CAO Greg Herrett said. “With that in mind, earlier today we advised all municipal staff in all of our facilities, county wide, that we would provide paid time off to get COVID-19 tests and vaccines. We encourage all employers to do the same, the health of our communities may depend on it.”
Mayor Murray Scott has been in touch with the regional leadership at Public Health to ask that clear lines of communication between Public Health and the community be established immediately with respect to the reported case.
“I have asked that testing be made available in Springhill and have offered the municipality’s assistance with both facilities and volunteers,” Scott said.