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A Dozen New Haven Election Workers To Quarantine After Colleague Tests COVID Positive

A polling location at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.
Cassandra Bassler
WSHU Public Radio
A polling location in New Haven on Election Day Tuesday.

Twelve election workers at the New Haven City Clerk’s office have been asked to quarantine. That’s after one of their colleagues tested positive for COVID-19 on Election Day.

Maritza Bond is Health Director for the City of New Haven. Bond says the infected worker first showed symptoms on Thursday. She says they had not been back to the Clerk’s office or around voters since then.

“There is no indication at this time that this individual had any contact. They were primarily working with absentee ballots, which was a closed in situation in the clerk’s office,” Bond said.

Bond could not confirm if any of the 12 quarantined election workers had extended contact with the public during curbside absentee voting this weekend. She said City Hall was disinfected last night.

The City Clerk’s office has asked the Secretary of the State for help completing election operations on Wednesday. The city mainly needs help entering data into the state election reporting system.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.