Bloomington officials announced Monday that an employee tested positive for COVID-19, marking the fourth time a city worker was confirmed to have the virus.
In a statement, the City of Bloomington said the employee is one of 11 employees of the Bloomington Fire Department who was tested last week.
The test was part of an internal contact tracing process resulting from the test of a fellow fire department employee. Ten other results were negative, the city said.
“The eleven employees identified through the contact tracing process followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 until their test results were returned,” the statement said.
“Upon learning of the single positive test result on late Friday, June 26, the department placed the employee on paid leave. Asymptomatic as yet, the employee is anticipated to be cleared for duty by the department’s medical provider July 4 if asymptomatic for 72 hours by that time.”
Its second case was a Parks Department employee, announced April 3.
The first was also a member of the Bloomington Fire Department.
The latest positive test comes amid an uptick in cases in Monroe County.
On Monday, Monroe County's total COVID-19 case number rose by four to 237, and the county death toll remained the same at 28. Data provided shows 7,306 Monroe County residents have been tested.
Also Monday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 312 new positive cases and five additional confirmed deaths, bringing Indiana's total case number to 45,228 and the confirmed death toll to 2,432.
There are 192 probable deaths reported, which the state classifies as "those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record."
Emma Atkinson contributed to this report.
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to show that the first case of COVID-19 among a city employee was a Bloomington firefighter.
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