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Greene County office building reopened

Oct 06, 2020 6:33 am
Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Greene County Office Building in Catskill reopened October 5. The building was closed after a county employee tested positive for COVID-19 Thu., Oct. 1, and another tested positive over the weekend, officials said. The building is now back to normal operations, Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger said. “All departments are open,” he said. The office closed at noon on Oct. 1 and all employees were sent home when a custodian tested positive, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said. Following testing the following day, a positive case appeared in the Department of Social Services, Groden said. According to contact--tracing data, that case was unrelated to the janitor's case, he said. People who have had contact with the DSS employee are being contact traced. According to a statement released by the county last week, the custodian was asymptomatic and placed in mandatory quarantine. As of Mon., Oct. 5, there were 23 active positive cases in Greene County and 85 contacts in quarantine, Linger said. Two of the positive cases are county employees, and 15 are in quarantine related to the two positive cases in the county office building. The Main Street building was sanitized over the weekend by Dirty Deeds, a Catskill-based cleaning service because county custodians were in quarantine, Linger said. Dirty Deeds will continue to conduct deep cleanings each night until the building’s employees are out of quarantine, Groden said. The River Newsroom reported that, "In Greene County last week: 19 people tested positive between October 1 and 3, about 3.2 percent of those tested. It’s unclear, at this point, what is driving the brief spike." Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.