ST. PAUL - Town of St. Paul confirmed that a municipal employee has tested positive for COVID-19, and three other staff members who were in close contact with the employee are isolating.
The issue came up while council was discussing policy around staff requiring time off when diagnosed with the virus, during the Sept. 14 regular council meeting.
CAO Kim Heyman said the town is trying to avoid any financial hardship for employees who require time off due to COVID-19. The town will continue to offer short-term disability for employees.
Coun. Nathan Taylor said he agreed with Heyman about avoiding inflicting financial hardship on staff members. He also noted that it's important to signal to staff members that "it's not their fault" if they do test positive for the virus, or are in close contact with someone who tests positive.
"We really do need to be compassionate," said Mayor Maureen Miller. She also noted that no one is trying to bring COVID into the community.
"It's us working as a community, together," said the mayor.