ALSDE employee reports positive COVID-19 test

ALSDE employee reports positive COVID-19 test
Alabama State Department of Education employee reported testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama State School Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says one of the system’s Montgomery employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Mackey said ALSDE was notified of the positive case “late [Monday] afternoon,” and said the unnamed employee followed “the exact protocol we had requested of our employees.”

That included self-reporting their test to their supervisor, who then notified ALSDE’s personnel director, who finally contacted the superintendent.

On any given day, the superintendent said a skeleton crew of between 10 and 20 percent of employees are in the building on a rotating basis. Mackey said starting Wednesday that number will drop to around 5 percent.

Asked if the person was still working in the Department of Education building at the time they discovered they were ill, the superintendent said that was not the case. The person had been working remotely, like most of the staff, and hadn’t been in the building since March 16.

“At the time, that person was not sick, had not gone to be tested, and so we’re not sure that anyone else was actually exposed,” Mackey said.

Out of an abundance of caution, the hallway where the person worked has been closed for cleaning, the superintendent said, “and we’ve asked that all the employees on that hallway stay home for 72 hours.”

The Alabama Department of Public Health continues to notify the public when cases are confirmed across the state. As of Tuesday morning, the number of confirmed cases had climbed from 196 to 215.

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