San Diego councilmen have been quarantined after an employee tested positive for COVID-19

Some San Diego City Councilmembers present at Tuesday’s council meeting have to go through a two-week quarantine, NBC reported. 

According to NBC, an employee present during the meeting tested positive for the coronavirus.

The City has “identified and informed” everyone “in proximity” of the individual, said Craig Gustafson, Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s spokesperson. 

Gustafson also confirmed that Mayor Faulconer did not physically attend the meeting, per the Voice of San Diego. 

San Diego councilmember Monica Montgomery tweeted on Wednesday about what happened.

Montgomery was present during the council meeting.

According to her, she was informed that a City employee” present at the Council Chambers tested for COVID-19.

The councilwoman have also undergone COVID-19 testing for possible exposure to the virus.

She added that although she is not “experiencing any symptoms”, for caution, she will “self-quarantine at home.” 

The councilwoman also extends her “prayers” with the “affected employee” and other people affected. 

Other councilmembers confirmed to have attended the meeting in person are Chris Nate, Vivian Moreno, and Scott Sherman, per NBC. 

“The City is committed to the safety of its facilities” and on ensuring that individuals get the “resources” and “care” they need, said Gustafson, the San Diego Union Tribune reported. 

San Diego County Remains in the Red Tier 

On Tuesday, California officials announced that the County of San Diego remains in the Red Tier of its monitoring system with a 6.7 case rate. 

The county’s public health officials shared that the county’s unadjusted case rate was 7.2, KPBS reported. 

A 7.2 can already put the county at the state’s dreaded purple tier. 

However, the case rate was adjusted due to the county’s rate of testing, which is higher than the state’s median testing.

According to a CBS 8 and KPBS report, the county aims to increase its testing rate. 

In fact, starting October 1, two testing sites for school personnel will open in Chula Vista and the City of San Diego. 

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