Glencoe Public Works Employee Under Voluntary Home Quarantine After Exposure To Coronavirus

Jim Gudas
March 05, 2020 - 7:45 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A public works employee in north suburban Glencoe is under home quarantine, after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus. 

A statement from Glencoe's Village Manager reads that the home quarantine is voluntary. Officials said the employee is not showing any symptoms and has not tested positive for coronavirus. The village also states the worker had "minimal contact with the general public."

“We understand that this news may raise questions and concerns. It’s important to emphasize that this employee is not showing symptoms and has not tested positive for COVID-19," Village Manager Phil Kiraly said in a statement. "We are following guidance from our local, state and federal health officials and will continue to monitor the employee’s condition at this time.”

According to the village, the employee has been incubated for seven days as suggested by guidelines from the CDC. Asymptomatic individuals with low-risk exposures should self-observe until 14 days after their last potential exposure.

After speaking with the NorthShore University Health System, the Cook County Department of Health, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the village is monitoring the situation and taking measures including ongoing cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces, village facilities and work areas.

The statement from Glencoe's Village Manager reads that municiple services are not expected to be changed as a result. 

“The village is committed to being transparent with our staff and residents and arming them with knowledge to calmly take preventive action steps that can help keep them healthy," Kiraly said. “The safety of our employees and the public is our top priority.”