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Local entities cleared after virus issues


Last updated 7/4/2020 at 1:30pm

Clovis’ City Hall plans to reopen Monday and Roosevelt County’s detention center is free of COVID-19, according to news releases.

City Hall in Clovis closed its doors to the public last week after an employee experienced symptoms of the virus. But that employee tested negative, the building was disenfected and officials plan to resume normal hours with public access at 8 a.m. Monday, according to a city news release.

Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton said in a news release that the Portales jail has completed three rounds of extra virus testing and all results have been negative.

A detention center officer tested positive for coronavirus on June 9, prompting the extra rounds of tests.

“We’ve completed four rounds of COVID-19 testing within the facility in the past 45 days and all test results have been negative,” said Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator Justin Porter. “I believe this supports the extraordinary efforts by the entire facility to maintain a safe, healthy environment.”

The officer who tested positive has since recovered, Hamilton said, and was awaiting Department of Health clearance to return to work.


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