City of Wilmington employee tests positive for COVID-19

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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WILMINGTON, Delaware (WPVI) -- A City of Wilmington employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.

Mayor Mike Purzycki said the employee works at the city's Municipal Complex on Wilmington Avenue in Southbridge.

The Public Works Department employee is at home in self-quarantine.

Officials said 11 other employees who interacted with this individual are isolated at their homes.

"We have prepared ourselves over the past few weeks to deal with all aspects of the coronavirus crisis and have dreaded being in a position to make this type of announcement," said Mayor Purzycki. "At the moment, our employees are receiving proper medical instruction on how to keep track of their own health and will hopefully not be further affected by the virus. The City will continue to be vigilant, and we will work with state officials to do everything we can to control the spread of the virus and keep our employees and the public safe."

The mayor said the decontamination of the building will be completed Wednesday night.

Public Works Commissioner Kelly Williams will speak with employees who were not affected on Thursday.