South Pasadena Public Works Director Shahid Abbas announced Wednesday night that one person in his department has tested positive for coronavirus.
The unidentified employee is being quarantined at home and will return to City Hall following a 14-day period.
Abbas provided the information following a COVID-19 update given by South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz and local Fire Chief Paul Riddle.
On Thursday morning, the City of South Pasadena issued the following statement:
“We had an employee notify us they had a recent off duty exposure to someone with Covid-19. The City followed County protocols by instructing the employee not to come into work. The employee was tested and a positive result was confirmed. After conducting contact tracing, it was determined the employee was not in close contact with any employees. The employee will return once medically cleared to do so.”
As part of Riddle’s presentation, the fire chief said, as of Wednesday, there had been 148 cases of the virus reported in South Pasadena, including 21 deaths.