Press release: City Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian Thursday:

City Reports Five New COVID-19 Cases

Bloomington, Ind.–Five City workers have reported positive results of COVID-19 laboratory tests since the May 12 update, including one City Hall employee, three Public Works (DPW) employees, and one Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) employee. 

Details of the cases are as follows: 

One City Hall employee started experiencing symptoms on May 14 and received a positive COVID-19 test result on May 16. There were no close contacts.

One DPW employee started experiencing symptoms on May 12 and received a positive COVID-19 test result on the same day. There were no close contacts. 

A second DPW employee started experiencing symptoms on May 14 and received a positive COVID-19 test result on May 15. There were no close contacts. 

A third DPW employee started experiencing symptoms on May 14 and received a positive COVID-19 test result on May 16. There were no close contacts.  

One BFD employee started experiencing symptoms on May 18 and received a positive COVID-19 test result on May 19. Close contacts have been notified.

To date, 313 positive COVID-19 viral test results have been reported since the start of the pandemic by City workers, including those employed by the municipal corporations that operate the water utility (CBU), transit system (Bloomington Transit), and public housing (Bloomington Housing Authority). Additionally, COVID-19 was listed among the causes of death of one City worker.  

Data about COVID-19 cases among City employees, in the county, the state, and the nation are available at https://bton.in/SOHjE. Other City-related updates about the COVID-19 pandemic are available at bloomington.in.gov/covid19.  

City of Bloomington Utilities continues its weekly COVID-19 wastewater sampling program. While it is presently in the early stages of development, wastewater sampling has been proposed as a future “early warning” methodology. As of May 9, the most recent date for which data is available, sample concentrations were 4100 gene copies/100mL at the Dillman plant and 240 gene copies/100mL at the Blucher Poole plant. 

The City of Bloomington is committed to sharing information about how its operations and workforce are affected by this public health emergency and will continue to provide weekly updates about confirmed cases among staff while protecting employees’ privacy.

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