LA GRANGE - An employee of the La Grange Public Library has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a library news release.

The employee has been self-quarantining for more than a week and was last in the library on Oct. 2. The individual did not begin exhibiting symptoms until Oct. 4, the release said.

Library leadership has been in contact with the employee, and has consulted with the Illinois Department of Public Health for guidance and to coordinate contact tracing.

Any individuals in close contact with the employee have been notified and advised to self-quarantine and to get tested if they begin experiencing symptoms. All areas of the library have been disinfected, the release stated.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has not recommended a building closure due to the precautions already in place and the length of time since the employee was last in the building.

“From the information we’ve learned, it seems the precautions library staff put in place worked,” said LJoyce Hagen-McIntosh, president of the library board of trustees, said in a release.

“The employee noticed symptoms and got tested, self-quarantined and let library administration know once they received their results. The library director then notified staff and the library board of trustees. Since our work is serving the public, we wanted to opt for transparency in this matter. Due to the safety precautions currently in place, we are able to continue operating safely without ceasing our service to the public,” Hagen-McIntosh said.

Based on the information reported, the library does not believe any patron had close contact with the individual, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, any patron who recently visited the library and is experiencing any symptoms should contact their physican.

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