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Centerville library worker tests positive for COVID-19

Public health officials have confirmed a positive COVID-19 test tied to an area library. JIM NOELKER/STAFF
Public health officials have confirmed a positive COVID-19 test tied to an area library. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

Public health officials have confirmed a positive COVID-19 test tied to an area library.

That result follows a Washington-Centerville Public Library employee telling supervisors they had tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County said Tuesday it has confirmed a case linked to the library.

“The person in question is in isolation and the contact tracing is underway,” said Dan Suffoletto, PHDMC public information supervisor, in an email. “Close contacts will be advised to self-quarantine.”

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Both public health and library officials said they could not release the gender or age of the person due to privacy issues.

The library learned of the issue late last week from the employee, according to Georgia Mergler, library community relations manager. She said the library then began working with PHDMC and the employee’s health care provider.

Library officials were treating the issue as a positive test result, even though as of Monday they had no confirmation it was, Mergler said.

She said the worker is “doing well and currently self-isolating at home.”

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Local public health officials reviewed the current COVID-19 prevention protocols at the library and are not recommending further steps – including closing the library - at this time, Suffoletto added.

The Washington-Centerville Public Library has two locations, according to its website.

The Centerville library at 111 W. Spring Valley Road is closed until mid-summer due to a parking lot replacement, the website states. The Woodbourne Library is at 6060 Far Hills Ave.

The website states the Far Hills site has been operating on limited hours since June 22, more than a week before library officials became aware of the coronavirus issue with the employee.

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