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County employees quarantined after exposure to COVID-19; did not test positive

Three La Salle County employees were placed in quarantine status for 14 days, but they never tested positive for COVID-19.

County Chairman Jim Olson, D-Seneca, said the employees were exposed to someone who tested positive during an insurance trust committee meeting July 16 in Room 250 of the governmental complex.

The individual who attended the meeting and tested positive was not a county employee.

During contact tracing, that individual told health officials they had attended the insurance trust meeting.

The La Salle County Health Department advised the county employees who were exposed to the individual to quarantine for 14 days. Since those employees were essential employees, that means they can attend work, provided they exhibit no symptoms, if they remain masked and socially distance more than 6 feet at all times, Olson said of state health guidelines. Two of the employees remained at work during this time. Those employees were told to stay home outside of work.

Olson said the two employees who remained at work have since tested negative and the individual who quarantined at home did so for 14 days without symptoms, meaning they could return to work safely.

"It's scary that it was right in our board room," Olson said. "We've received complaints that too many people in the board room weren't taking procedures seriously. It's time to stiffen up again and get better about this stuff."

The La Salle County Board passed a measure Monday granting the sheriff's office the authority to remove from county buildings anyone who doesn't wear a mask or follow the county's safety procedures for COVID-19.

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