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Canales, commissioners self-isolating after employee tests COVID-positive

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Posted at 11:37 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 16:20:50-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — UPDATE (3:12 p.m. Wednesday): A release from Nueces Co. spokeswoman Maggie Turner states Canales has tested negative for COVID-19, but will remain quarantined for the duration of the "projected incubation period."

County Judge Barbara Canales and other Nueces County commissioners are self-quarantining after a Nueces County employee working at the courthouse has tested postive for COVID-19.

Canales and the commissioners are working at home pending disinfecting of their work areas and results from their personal COVID-19 testing. The nature of that employee's work put them in contact with members of the Commissioner Court.

The person who has been diagnosed with COVID is self-isolating at home.

According to a press release, Canales called a meeting of key county department heads and consulted with the Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District to formulate a plan to assess the situation, identify at-risk personnel, authorize work from home for at-risk personnel, arrange testing for those needed. The employee works in an office that does not have direct customer service, however, out of an abundance of caution, all critical infrastructure employees who came in contact with the positive individual will be tested and quarantined for the required time period.

Canales says county employees are able to continue working remotely.

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