District council worker tests negative for coronavirus after scare shut Honiton HQ

A worker who prompted the temporary closure of East Devon District Council’s Honiton HQ has tested negative for coronavirus.

Blackdown House reopened on Monday morning after the building underwent a deep clean over the weekend.

We can confirm that the East Devon District Council employee who required testing for COVID-19 has received the result which is negative…

The authority had sent workers home at noon last Friday (March 6) after a staff member, who had returned from Italy, began showing possible symptoms.

They subsequently went into isolation.

However, a spokesperson said today (Thursday): “We can confirm that the East Devon District Council employee who required testing for COVID-19 has received the result which is negative.”

The council said last Friday that the move to close it Heathpark Industrial Estate was a ‘precautionary measure’, any risk posed was ‘very low’ and it was ‘taking the correct measures’.

Guidance from the authority on coronavirus can be found here.

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