• City Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

    April 30, 2020
    City Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

    The City of Santa Maria is confirming that one of its employees is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. Out of caution, two other employees who may have come into contact with him also were sent home to isolate. One was tested and the results came back negative this morning.

    The individual is an employee with the Department of Public Works. He may have been infected by a family member. He said he became symptomatic over the weekend. He was tested on Monday, April 27th, and received the positive test result on Tuesday. Per City protocols, he was ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. The City has confirmed the employee did not have any underlying health conditions.

    Close contact, per the CDC guidelines, is defined as less than six feet, a prolonged period of time (longer than 10 minutes), and direct contact with infectious secretions and/or excretions.

    The City Manager’s Office conducted a contact tracking investigation to determine if anyone may have been exposed to the employee while he was infectious. The doctor will be contacting the proper authorities for follow-through.

    Because this Public Works employee worked closely with another individual in the same department, that individual was tested and fortunately the results were negative. Also, because he also worked closely with an employee at the Recreation and Parks Department, out of caution, that second employee today was sent home to self-quarantine. No additional people have been identified or recommended for self-isolation.

    Separately, back in early April, three City Fire Department personnel and one recruit were tested after experiencing COVID-related symptoms and all tested negative.

    To minimize the risk of exposure among employees and the public, the City continues to provide clear guidance to all of its employees about COVID-19, including social distancing and wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    Questions may be directed to the Public Information Manager at (805) 925-0951 extension 2372.