Two city employees test positive for COVID-19

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Two City of Fredericksburg employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The employees, one of whom works for the Sanitation Division and the other for the Water/Wastewater Division, have been quarantined.

The City of Fredericksburg, along with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), are conducting a contact tracing. This will help them determine where the employees contracted the virus and if they need to alert anyone they might have come in contact with.

The city is currently testing other employees in these two departments. Additional steps will be taken if any of these employees receive a positive test.

There are no operational issues in either the Water/Wastewater or Sanitation Divisions at this time.

These employees did not have any direct contact with the public in performing their job duties over the past several weeks.

“Receiving the news of our first employees testing positive for COVID-19 drives home the fact that necessary precautions must be taken in order to not only protect our employees but also the community we serve,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “Therefore, the city is planning a modified work strategy.”

The City of Fredericksburg will be reverting back to a modified work schedule for Public Works crews.

Additionally, employee contact with the public will also be limited.

While utility customers will not be able to access City Hall to pay their bill, customers can pay online or utilize the drop box outside City Hall or the drop box in the Broadway Bank drive through location.

Customers needing to speak with city departments should contact City Hall at 830-997-7521 to make an appointment or attempt to solve any issues over the phone or by email.

The City of Fredericksburg will continue to provide city services, including electric, water, wastewater and sanitation services to the community.

The number of cumulative cases in Gillespie County residents has increased from five to over 30 in the past 10 days alone.

The city is reminding citizens, businesses and visitors that the best way to prevent infection of the COVID-19 virus is to take appropriate precautions to avoid exposure to the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these simple practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. These include:

• Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside the home.

• Put distance (at least six feet) between other people outside the home.

• Cover the mouth and nose with a face cover when around others.

• Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Monitor health. Stay home when sick.

The city’s website also contains information at www.fbgtx.org/coronavirus.

City staff and local officials will continue to meet at least weekly to share information and updates as they are available.

 

City Council meetings

Fredericksburg City Council meetings will revert back to being held on the Zoom Teleconference platform only for July.

Public comments will continue to be accepted for meetings taking place in the Zoom environment. Those wishing to make public comments during the meetings or submit written comments must sign up to do so by 3 p.m. the day of the meeting unless otherwise noted.

The meeting agendas containing the information to call or log into the meetings can be found on the city’s website at https://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter once the agenda has been posted prior to the meeting.