Rancho Mirage town hall closed following positive COVID-19 test from council member
Rancho Mirage town hall was closed on Monday after a council member tested positive for COVID-19.
“As a precaution, the town hall will be closed until further notice for a thorough cleaning,” city officials said in an email sent Monday afternoon.
Those who attended Thursday’s city council meeting in person might consider getting tested, officials said.
City manager Isaiah Hagerman told the Desert Sun he received a call from a council member around 9 a.m. Monday telling him he had tested positive.
City Hall was immediately closed and will likely remain closed the rest of the week for a deep cleaning and for the Thanksgiving holiday, Hagerman said.
All of the town hall will be disinfected, he said.
To his knowledge, Hagerman said no one else had tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning.
“Honestly, it’s probably too early to tell,” Hagerman said. “Everyone was alerted at the council and I informed the staff. “
Council member Richard Kite was the only one on the platform wearing a mask throughout Thursday’s meeting. Council members then also met behind closed doors in a small room in town hall.
Council members were all immediately briefed, as well as staff, Hagerman said.
While the Town Hall has been open since July 2020, it is half-staffed. Employees work remotely or on site, Hagerman said.
Only a few people attended Thursday’s meeting in person, and those who did have never been within 6 feet of board members for a long time, he said.
For more information on testing sites and appointments, or to arrange a vaccination, visit the Riverside County Public Health Department website at rivcoph.org/coronavirus or gettested.ruhealth.org / home.
Desert Sun reporter Sherry Barkas covers the towns of La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert. She can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @TDSsherryBarkas
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