Taos County to give weekly update on infected staff

Taos County Administration Complex Katharine Egli

On Friday (Nov. 20), Taos County manager Brent Jaramillo reported that 12 individuals who work for the county had tested COVID positive since Oct. 23, and nine of those 12 had already recovered from the virus. Two of the positive tests are in the detention center. Going forward, Jaramillo will report the number of infected staff on a weekly basis.

Jaramillo said that a number of changes are being made so that staff stay healthy. He said that county employees must wear masks at all times, not just when talking to others and greeting the public. Office cubicles inside the complex are also being raised by three feet to limit the spread of germs among employees.

Despite infections causing self-isolation for many staff, county officials said that it has kept up normal business as best as possible. “Taos County remains in close communication with the employees in self-isolation,” said a press release. “The county is monitoring the status of their health and wellness, and to ensure they have support during self-isolation."

As well as taking as many precautions as possible, the county has also “established communications with the employees and the New Mexico Department of Health to ensure proper reporting, contact tracing, testing, and subsequent quarantine protocols.”

Jarmillo admitted that he is troubled with the number of infections. “I’m concerned for our employees, I’m concerned for the public, my family, all our families. I’m concerned about everybody,” he said. “We just need to take better precautions. We need to follow the stay at home orders, and we need to be cautious now with the Thanksgiving holiday.”

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