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Three Marshalltown city employees have COVID-19

Three Marshalltown employees were tested positive for COVID-19.

The city is not releasing the names or information about the employees or their roles because of employee privacy issues.

“Just like any other city our size or bigger or smaller, we’re going to have to deal with this virus,” said Mayor Joel Greer. “We’ve got to protect the privacy of the people that are being diagnosed.”

The city has taken steps to deep clean office areas and work spaces to ensure the continued health and safety of its workforce.

“We recognize that many functions of local government are essential, and we are listening to our team members to determine the safest way to continue operations during this time period,” said City Administrator Jessica Kinser.

Greer also echoed Kinser’s sentiment about the city continuing its functions.

“We’re trying to follow the president and governor’s edict about how to handle when someone’s been diagnosed,” Greer said. “People diagnosed are getting the right medical treatment and also getting quarantined.”

Until a national or statewide state at home order is issued the city will continue “business as usual,” Greer said.  

The city is having employees telecommute if possible and applying social distancing in all areas of operations.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have tested positive as well as their families,” Kinser said.

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Contact Thomas Nelson at tnelson@timesrepublican.com

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