Butler Co. Board of Elections employees test positive for COVID-19

Butler Co. Board of Elections employees test positive for COVID-19

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Butler County Board of Elections confirmed three employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials with the BOE said the staff members have not been in contact with early voters, and all staff who worked closely with those who tested positive have been notified.

“We are taking every single precaution that we absolutely can," explained Eric Corbin, Deputy Director of Butler County Board of Elections. "All of our employees are wearing face masks. We have hand sanitizer throughout the office. We are separating as much as we can, we have plexiglass up. The employees who have tested positive have been out of the office now, they’re quarantining.”

They said the affected area was cleaned and the entire office will continue to be cleaned every night.

“Since early in-person voting started on Oct. 6, the Butler County Board of Elections Early Voting Center has been cleaned regularly and will continue to be cleaned following guidance from Butler County Public Health, the CDC and Ohio’s Department of Health,” a statement from BOE read.

Workers are required to wear masks and safety screens are in place between employees.

The Early Vote Center has one entrance and one exit and requires mask-wearing and social distancing.

Voters who feel uncomfortable knowing there were COVID-19 positive employees inside the building can request a mail-in ballot. The BOE says if you do that now there is plenty of time to get it out and back so your vote can be counted.

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