By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Cheyenne’s municipal building is closed for the week due to an employee testing positive for the coronavirus.
According to an announcement on the city’s website, the building will be closed until at least Friday and the situation will be reassessed later this week.
City business will still be conducted virtually in the meantime.
Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr explained to Cowboy State Daily city officials were told Friday that someone who worked on the building’s second floor had tested positive for the virus.
Officials decided to close the second floor and allow employees to work from home.
Over the weekend, Orr kept in touch with state Health Department officials, who advised that the city close the building for the week as a precaution.
“Fortunately, we’re still doing business as usual,” Orr told Cowboy State Daily. “This is our third iteration of picking things up and working remotely, but we’re doing things a little better this time.”
She explained that if someone were to come to city hall this week, they would see signs inside noting points of contacts for the various departments, as well as their emails and phone numbers.
“We’re trying to keep everyone safe out of an abundance of caution,” Orr said. “I would be willing to bet this isn’t the last time we have city employees test positive, but we want to do whatever we can to stop the spread.”
According to The Cheyenne Post, an email was sent to city employees to let them know the employee tested positive and had been in the presence of other employees.
City officials closed the building after consulting with the Cheyenne/Laramie County Health Department. The closure will allow for contact tracing to occur and the viral incubation period to pass.