Employee at Yukon pool positive for COVID-19

Firefighter in self-quarantine in separate case  

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People enjoy the Yukon swimming pool recently. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

An employee at a Yukon swimming pool has tested positive for COVID-19, and a firefighter is in self-quarantine, The City of Yukon reported Monday.

The pool employee at the Yukon Community Center City Splash Pool, 2200 S Holly Ave., has tested positive. The employee last reported to work on June 23, a Yukon news release states.

The pool remains open with regular hours Monday.

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A caller to The Yukon Progress said the employee is a lifeguard. However, a city spokeswoman could not comment on the employee’s position due to confidentiality laws.

In another case, a firefighter is in self-quarantine who last reported to work on July 1.

The pool employee was at work on June 23 and reported being ill. The employee was sent home immediately, the city news release states.

“The employee had very limited contact with the public that day, and pool staff sanitized the area promptly,” the release states.

The pool employee and others who were in contact were encouraged to take a COVID-19 test.

The City of Yukon received the official test results that the pool employee tested positive for COVID-19, the release states.

The infected employee is currently recovering at home. No other employees have tested positive.

“The city is closely monitoring the situation and will take necessary actions to protect its residents and employees,” the release states.

A Yukon firefighter said that a family member had tested positive for COVID-19. The firefighter is under self-quarantine and has been tested for the virus. City officials have not received the results.

The Yukon swimming pool remains open Monday. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

Steps have been taken to protect clients and staff. These include, mandatory mask-wearing of employees that engage with the public, as well as all employees of the Yukon Community Center, Dale Robertson Center, Jackie Cooper Gym and Mabel C. Fry Public Library.

Touchless hand sanitization stations are availableat every building. The number of visitors is limited at city offices. Staff who are symptomatic or who have COVID-19  are asked to stay home and self-quarantine.

In Canadian County, there have been 360 COVID-19 cases and three deaths. There have been 257 people who have recovered, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Monday.

Yukon has had 188 cases, one death and 146 recoveries from COVID-19, the health department reports.

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