Mitchell city employee tests positive for COVID-19
A city employee has tested positive for COVID-19, Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson confirmed Wednesday morning.
Everson declined to specify that employee's department but said additional safety measures were put in place in that department Tuesday afternoon when the city was notified of the positive test.
"We've taken action to separate everybody out," Everson said.
The employee will not return to work for two weeks. Everson said city employees will be working from home if possible, with those determined to be essential working with masks.
"People who were in contact with that person in areas where they work will be wearing masks and will be working from home for the next seven days," Everson said.
Prior to Tuesday, Davison County had three confirmed positive cases throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with all three of those people classified by the South Dakota Department of Health as having recovered. All of those cases were determined to have been travel-related, and it had not been announced as of Wednesday morning whether the city employee or a fifth person who tested positive contracted the virus through travel or community spread, which has not been reported in Davison County to date.