City Hall Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

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City of Dodge City

DODGE CITY, Kansas—City of Dodge City administration confirmed Thursday, June 11, that a City Hall employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and has closed City Hall to public access until further notice.

“We were notified this morning that one of our employees within City Hall has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “We have also closed City Hall until further notice while additional testing and monitoring of employees takes place.” 

Other employees who had contact with the individual in the building have been sent for testing and instructed to self-quarantine until cleared by health officials.

Hernandez stated that the employee and other City staff had been following safety procedures implemented before the reopening of City Hall to public access on June 1.

These protocols included wearing face masks when assisting the public, washing or sanitizing hands as frequently as possible, and staying behind plexiglass barriers that were previously installed at all public counters.

 According to City Administration, the Ford County Health Department will be following contact tracing procedures to find and monitor any other potential exposures. 

While City Hall is closed to the public, Municipal Court will continue to operate by appointment only and for scheduled hearings.

For those needing to pay a utility bill, please use the online bill pay system at https://www.dodgecity.org/678/Pay , place a check or cash in the dropbox located on the north side of City Hall with your paper bill and account information, or call 620-253-7533 for assistance in English or 620-253-6879 for assistance in Spanish, to pay over the phone.

For Development Services and Inspections, call 620-225-8105 to schedule an inspection or permit review. You may also download permits and licensing applications at https://www.dodgecity.org/63/Development-Services-Inspections

For more information regarding COVID-19 and health recommendations from KDHE, visit https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.