SCHENECTADY — The city code enforcement office has been sidelined after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Test results returned late Tuesday revealed the positive diagnosis, said Mayor Gary McCarthy.
While no additional employees were exhibiting symptoms as of late Wednesday, most staffers will go into self-quarantine.
“It could be as many as 17 people,” McCarthy said on Wednesday.
McCarthy said the code enforcement officer went home after feeling sick a week ago, which means the self-quarantine will last approximately a week.
“We’re hoping everyone stays healthy,” McCarthy said.
Chief Building Inspector Christopher Lunn said limited staff will remain in the office, and he’s researching remote options to keep the office running.
The bureau will remain open by appointment only and essential code enforcement operations will continue as needed.
“We’re finally affected and will deal and cope with it the best we can, and will still provide a good level of service with the public,” Lunn said.
The county Public Health Department is working closely with the city to conduct a “thorough contact tracing investigation, which includes gathering information about any places the employee visited where there may have been an exposure risk,” said county spokesperson Erin Roberts.
The mayor went into a two-week quarantine in October after attending a press conference in Syracuse with Binghamton Mayor Rich David, who tested positive.
City Hall remains open with the proper safeguards.