PALMER — The city of Palmer Community Development building was closed for cleaning on Wednesday as a precautionary measure when one or more staff members within the building tested positive for COVID-19.
The Community Development building on Cope Industrial Way also houses the building inspection and Human Resources departments for the city. Palmer City Manager John Moosey released a notice on the city’s Facebook page on Thursday after the Wednesday notification and subsequent building closure from the staff member that tested positive.
“The building has been closed,” said Moosey. “We got going through a deep cleaning and we had the phones ringing so we’re still trying to provide services for those who we can.”
Palmer City Hall has been limited to visitors over the last three weeks, only allowing non-staff members to enter the building when filing for upcoming elections or attending city council meetings. Staff members inside city hall are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wiping down surfaces and requiring that employees are wearing masks.
“As for our community development building, it’s a small group of people. I know there is room for social distancing,” said Moosey.
Many city of Palmer employees are currently working from home including Moosey, who was in contact with the staff member who had tested positive last week and is awaiting his own results. Moosey said that every staff member working inside the community development building is participating in the contact tracing process with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and undergoing COVID-19 testing. Services provided by staff from the community development building are still being provided, but Palmer residents may experience some minor delay. Moosey said that staff members who test negative may return to work at the community development office as early as Aug. 4.