WALLINGFORD — Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said Thursday that two Town Hall offices, which reduced their hours recently, have staff quarantining due to COVID-19.
“We have had incidents of people who were determined to have COVID who were in the office,” Dickinson said Thursday, “and the protocols require quarantining.”
The Town Clerk’s office was closed two days this week and is slated to reopen next week with temporarily reduced hours, according to a notice from the mayor’s office. The Tax Collection office also is experiencing a staff shortage.
Dickinson would not disclose whether any building employees were diagnosed with COVID-19.
He said that if he had the concern that the public might have been exposed to a Town Hall employee who tested positive for COVID-19, “we would act on it, but we don’t have that concern.”
The town Health Department conducted contact tracing procedures, in which close contacts are notified of potential exposure to COVID-19.
Close contact means coming within 6 feet of a person for a total of 15 minutes or more, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dickinson said that to his knowledge, only Town Hall employees needed to be notified.
“We have dealt with whoever we felt the person was in contact with,” he said.
The Town Clerk’s office was closed Wednesday and Thursday. The building is slated to be closed for the Good Friday holiday.
The office is scheduled to reopen Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with regular hours resuming April 12.
Last week, Comptroller James Bowes disclosed the Tax Collection office was experiencing a staff shortage.
The office plans to maintain its regular hours — 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday — but may be short staffed at times and need to close to the public temporarily, he said.
Dickinson said he doesn’t believe there has been any transmission of COVID-19 at Town Hall.
That might be true among staff who work in the building daily, but at least two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in November among attendees of the ballot recount in the 90th House District race, which took place in the Robert F. Parisi Council Chambers at Town Hall.
COVID Alert CT, the state’s contact tracing smartphone app, is designed to alert people if their device has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.