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Employee at Florida Department of Corrections tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 2:15 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 14:20:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Department of Corrections confirms that an employee at the Carlton Building has tested positive for coronavirus.

FDC says they were informed that an employee at the Carlton Building had tested positive for the virus on April 6.

The employee had not been at work for five days prior to their diagnosis.

FDC worked with the Leon County Health Department to conduct an epidemiological investigation and informed close contacts of the employee of the situation.

Carlton Building employees who may have come into contact with the person who tested positive have been asked to stay home and watch for symptoms for 14 days.

The employee’s work station was sanitized on April 1, according to FDC.

After FDC was notified of the positive result, authorities implemented enhanced cleaning of the employee’s work section and impacted areas.

"FDC is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees," said Rob Keppler, Deputy Communications Directer. "Our employees are our most important asset and we take their health and welfare seriously."

FDC has provided all employees with information, updates, tips and guidance from the Florida Department of Health CDC on steps to take in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, FDC has made hand sanitizer and soap available throughout the building and employees have been encouraged to telework when possible.