JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County officials were taking all precautions after three parks workers, two in Lincoln Park and one in Mercer Park, tested positive for COVID-19, one requiring a short admittance into intensive care. 

County spokesman Jim Kennelly told TAPinto that 90 county personnel who may have interacted with the sick workers at Lincoln Park were sent to Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus for COVID testing, one of those being the third to test positive. Kennelly clarified that it was not clear whether or not all three cases were related. 

“The county remains vigilant,” Kennelly said, adding that the three employees will quarantine for two weeks before being retested, and only allowed back to work once they are cleared by a physician. “We understand that infections can happen. But we intend to limit the exposure of our employees and our patrons. Whenever we have a report, the employee is sent home and we test anyone who that employees have interacted with.”

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Freeholder Bill O’Dea said that the legislative body will be having a discussion about work rules related to COVID testing, since many park employees operate in groups of four. This is the second COVID incident related to county employees, in as many months, O’Dea said, noting that an employee tested positive in the Freeholder Annex in late September.

The employee was sent home and anyone interacting with him was sent for testing as well.

“We sanitized the whole building,” O’Dea said.

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