Board of elections temporary worker tests positive for COVID-19

| October 12, 2020

On Friday, Oct. 9, the Coshocton County Board of Elections learned that one of its temporary employees tested positive for COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the temporary employee notified the board of elections that they were getting tested for COVID-19. Director Slifko and Deputy Director Ross immediately notified the Coshocton Board of Health for assistance. It was determined that the temporary employee had very limited contact with the outside public while fulfilling their assigned duties and the employee’s duties were not focused within the early vote center.

On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 7, the board office, early voting room, and the hallways of the government building were cleaned and sanitized.

“The Board of Elections has and will continue to work closely with local health officials to make sure all proper safety procedures are in place to keep the public and staff safe,” said Director Slifko. “The health, safety, and security of our voters during the election is our number one priority, and we will continue to work with the experts to keep a safe and sanitary environment in our early vote center and on Election Day.”

Poll workers are required to wear masks and are not to report to work if not feeling well. Poll workers frequently disinfect any surfaces and items that are touched by election officials and / or voters. The early vote center is supplied with gloves, hand sanitizer, tissues, disinfectant wipes, and alcohol-based cleaners. Signage is posted to require one entrance, one exit, requiring mask wearing, and social distancing.

The Coshocton County Board of Elections is open this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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