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Employees of Millersville City Hall test positive for COVID-19, City Hall closed to public

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Posted at 6:52 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 07:52:16-04

MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Multiple employees of Millersville City Hall have tested positive for COVID-19. The City of Millersville made the announcement in a press release Tuesday evening.

The first employee to show symptoms started to do so Thursday, July 30. That employee was sent for COVID-19 testing.

While that test is still pending, a second employee began showing symptoms Friday, July 31. That employee was also sent for COVID-19 testing, the results of which returned positive.

A third employee became started to show symptoms Monday. That employee's test results are also still pending.

The City of Millersville says Servpro in Robertson County was called to decontaminate City Hall Tuesday morning.

Remaining City Hall staff, along with 16 police, fire and public works employees who frequent City Hall, were all sent for COVID-19 testing at the Hendersonville branch of Sumner County Health Department. Those results came back with two more positive tests of City Hall employees.

With the majority of front office staff either testing positive or showing symptoms with test results pending, Millersville City Hall services will be limited. At this time, City Hall's front offices are closed to the public.

Emergency services like police and fire, as well as public works, are not affected.

Anyone who has visited City Hall in the past six days may have been exposed to COVID-19. The City of Millersville promises to provide updates on its website.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.