Seasonal worker on Block Island tests positive for COVID-19

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NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — A summer worker on Block Island has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Block Island Medical Center.

The New Shoreham town website posted the update on Monday, saying the worker’s test result came back Sunday night.

The website says once the test came back positive, the COVID-19 response plan was activated and the employee was isolated. Contract tracing has already started.

It was the first confirmed case of the disease on the island since late March when a resident tested positive after visiting New York. The R.I. Department of Health says Block Island has had fewer than five cases since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

The worker is an employee at Finn’s Seafood, according to a statement sent to the Block Island Times by the restaurant Tuesday.

Finn’s said the restaurant will be temporarily closed until at least the end of the month to disinfect and sanitize the property.

“We remain vigilant, dedicated, and laser-focused on providing the island with a safe and exceptional dining experience,” Finn’s said in the statement. “As always, we appreciate the continued support of our staff, patrons, and our wonderful community.”

The Department of Health and the Disaster Medical Team plans to begin asymptomatic testing on Block Island on Tuesday, according to the posting.

“The tests will be prioritized for high contact workers and first responders, and will include restaurant workers, individuals living in communal housing, contacts of exposed individuals, and will radiate out to residents,” the website reads.

The town also reminds everyone to keep wearing a mask, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and monitor your health to help stop the spread of the virus.

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