Pasco County reported the first COVID-19-related death among its government employees.
According to a media alert distributed at 3:51 p.m., July 20, the employee began experiencing symptoms outside of work about a month ago and hadn’t returned to work since. “It is with heavy hearts we report that a member of our Pasco County Government team has died of complications related to COVID-19,” the press release from Pasco County Media Relations and Communications states.
The county did not disclose the employee’s identity to protect their privacy and the privacy of their family.
Through July 20, approximately 60 county employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The county reported that most have fully recovered and are back at work.
The press release included a statement regarding Pasco County’s protocols to keep employees and those visiting government buildings safe.
“Pasco County Government is following CDC and FDOH guidelines and safety precautions and is taking aggressive actions to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19 for our employees and our customers, including testing any employees who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who tested positive, and following up on all positive test results by performing full contact tracing.”
Earlier this month, the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution requiring everyone to wear a face covering while indoors at a public business or government facility.