Poll Worker Tests Positive at East Fishkill

Health officials say risk of spread is minimal

A poll worker at the East Fishkill Community Center in Hopewell Junction tested positive for COVID-19, the Dutchess County health department said on Thursday (Nov. 5).

Health Commissioner Dr. Anil Vaidian said the worker had been following precautionary steps – mask wearing, hand sanitizing, physical distancing – and was not experiencing any symptoms, so the risk to voters was minimized.

However, he said, voters and anyone else who visited the site should monitor for symptoms and seek testing as a precautionary measure.  For information, call the Dutchess County Coronavirus Hotline at 845-486-3555.

The health department’s Rapid Response Team is working with the individual and the Board of Elections for contact tracing, and other poll workers who had sustained contact with the individual are being quarantined. In addition, the Town of East Fishkill is  disinfecting the polling site.

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