A Boone County Sheriff’s Office Merit Deputy tested positive for COVID-19 after regular, mandatory department testing.
The sheriff’s office began biweekly testing of all its employees April 14, and none of the 131 employees tested were positive for the new coronavirus. In the second round of testing, a merit deputy tested positive for the disease, according to the BCSO.
The Merit Deputy was immediately quarantined May 2 when they received results. An individual who works at the courthouse had direct contact with the merit deputy and last reported to work May 4. When commissioners were notified, this individual was asked to quarantine. As a precaution, the commissioners have elected to close the Boone County Courthouse, Annex (also known as the Boone County Office Building), and prosecutor’s office buildings for sanitizing measures.
The buildings may reopen at 8 a.m. May 7 unless otherwise directed. When the buildings do open, public restrictions will still apply. A third-party sanitization company has been contracted and tasked with sanitizing the buildings. When these facilities are open, COVID-19 screenings will continue for the foreseeable future, county officials said.