Cuyahoga County polling official tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:41 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 11:41:41-05

CLEVELAND — A polling precinct official who worked election night in Cuyahoga County has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The official worked at the Fairhill Partners polling location in Cleveland, the BOE said.

“After speaking with local health officials about the situation, I am confident that the risk for voters who visited the Fairhill location was very low. Both agencies have assured me that normal investigation and contact tracing protocols will be followed. Anyone who is deemed a close contact or who is identified as being at risk will be contacted by their local health department,” said BOE Director Anthony Perlatti.

According to the BOE, workers were kept from coming into close contact with voters. The BOE states that the CDC defines close contact “as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, whether it was all at one time or separate periods of time.

“Our thoughts are with the official and their family as they work toward a quick and full recovery,” the BOE said.

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