Polling place worker dies after ignoring quarantine orders following positive COVID test

November 5, 2020
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    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo (KMOX) - An election worker ignored health guidelines and worked at a polling place in St. Charles just days after testing positive for the coronavirus.

    The St. Charles County Department of Public Health announced Thursday that the worker was at the Blanchette Park Memorial Hall polling site on Election Day. They're advising all the other election workers at the polling place to be tested.

    The county is not releasing information about the worker who tested positive, but say the person is dead. A cause of death has not been given.

    "It is not anticipated that close contacts will include any of the 1,858 voters who were at the polling place Tuesday, as the worker was a supervisor with job duties that do not typically include working closely with voters, handling iPads, distributing styluses, or taking voter identification," the health department stated.

    Those who were at the precinct should watch closely for symptoms and contact the County’s COVID Hotline at 636-949-1899 with questions.

    “As this virus continues to spread, all aspects of the healthcare system are working together to remind the community that a positive COVID-19 test result requires that person to be responsible to others in the community,” says St. Charles County Director of Public Health Demetrius Cianci-Chapman. “There is no more important duty than protecting the health of our families, friends and those who reside in the community with us."

    County officials say the person was told on Oct. 30 of their positive COVID-19 test and advised by the lab to quarantine for 14 days.

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