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Greene County developing travel policy for county employees

Jul 05, 2020 6:00 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden July 1, presented to the full Legislature a proposed policy for county employees planning to take out-of-state trips. The proposed policy would require a Greene County employee traveling to a state designated by New York as high risk for COVID-19 for leisure or any other non-work related reason, the required 14-day self-quarantine time must come from the employee’s vacation or personal days. “A one-week vacation could become three weeks without that employee,” Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger said. Legislator William Lawrence from Cairo, asked how testing results affect the quarantine requirement. Lawrence asked, “If [upon their return] they are negative [for the virus], does it override the governor’s 14-day quarantine?” Groden said the quarantine would still be in effect, regardless of the test result, but the requirements are different for essential workers. Some employees may face situations where they lack the vacation or personal days to cover the quarantine, Groden said. As of last week, the states affected by the travel mandate include California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.