LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski announced Wednesday a city employee has tested positive for coronavirus.
During the Tippecanoe County Health Department's weekly news conference, Roswarski said the person is "isolating and recovering" at home.
"I think it is remarkable when you consider the size of our police department, the size of our fire department and the fact that our sanitation department makes 25,000 stops in one week," said Roswarski. "There are some extraordinary measures taking place."
Roswarski would not say which department the employee worked in, or when the diagnosis happened. He said several other employees have been tested, but were negative.
"The public does deserve to know that it is a city employee," Roswarski said.
According to its website, about 600 people are employed by the City of Lafayette.
Mayor John Dennis said no West Lafayette city employees have tested positive. Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown said county staff is working hard to prevent the virus from spreading to employees. He said coronavirus has been kept out of the jail so far.
Of the 38 confirmed cases announced Wednesday in Tippecanoe County, Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said 10 are hospitalized. Two of those 10 remain on ventilators, Adler said.
Adler also said he was not aware of any complete recoveries so far in the county. However, he said they are monitoring some of the earliest diagnosed people as they get better.