DeSoto city employees tested for COVID-19

DeSoto city employees tested for COVID-19
DeSoto city employees tested for COVID-19 Photo credit GettyImages

The City of DeSoto is testing all of its employees for COVID-19. Most office workers are tested twice a week, while shift workers in the public safety departments are tested at the start of each shift.

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Our Fire Chief was able to secure some antigen tests from the state. He put into place a process where every day they would come in and they would do testing in the morning," said DeSoto City Manager Brandon Wright. From there, the testing effort was expanded to other departments.

"We wanted to make sure to keep our employees safe," said Wright, "also the public that we are around every single day."

The mandatory tests are administered for office workers on Monday and Wednesday. The goal is to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading and possibly impacting the city's workforce. Wright said it's important for city departments to be adequately staffed to meet the demand for city services and employees are responding well to the new requirement.

"They appreciate coming in to work knowing that they themselves are negative for COVID and that the employees around them are negative," he said, "and they enjoy knowing that they can go about doing their work with the public without the risk of unknowingly infecting others."

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