On Tuesday, June 2, the City of High Point evacuated and closed the High Point Municipal Building – the heart of that city’s government operations – after an employee in the building tested positive for the coronavirus.
The city made the announcement just after 4 p.m. Tuesday and stated in the same press release that the city would take steps to mitigate the potential spread of the virus before reopening the facility.
The report of the infected city employee in the Municipal Building also caused the High Point City Council to cancel its meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening.
While the building is empty and meeting-free, sanitation workers in protective gear will give it a deep cleaning – a scene that’s become all too familiar in countries around the world ever since late last year when the virus first broke out in Wuhan, China.
According to the June 2 statement, the City of High Point is following all federal, state and local sanitation guidelines regarding the building.
City officials stated in the press release that the top to bottom sanitation of the facility was being done “for the protection of employees as well as the public.“
“City officials are working to reopen the building as soon as safely possible,” that statement added.
The total shutdown of High Point’s main government building due to a single employee testing positive is just one example of the caution that the city has been taking in response to the threat of the virus. Over the weekend, for instance, the High Point announced that it was shutting down the High Point Transit System indefinitely – also due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case. Now, the only service being conducted by the transportation department is getting people to and from their dialysis treatments.
The city hasn’t announced when or where the planned June 2 City Council meeting will be held.