The City of Mount Dora was notified today that two of its lifeguards working at the Lincoln Avenue Pool tested positive for COVID-19. The pool had re-opened to the public earlier in June.
The lifeguards are friends outside of work and both came into contact with an individual that tested positive on June 19. They brought the possible exposure to the attention of their supervisor immediately upon hearing the news. The pair were told to go home, self-quarantine, self-monitor and get tested. THe lifeguards were immediately tested and returned positive results on June 25.
One of the lifeguards worked June 18 and 19 teaching classes and lifeguarding. This lifeguard came in contact with three City of Mount Dora Leisure Service employees and two office personnel. The second lifeguard worked on June 15 through June 19 and came in contact with two Leisure Service employees. The City stated that all staff that were in contact with the lifeguards have since been tested, have self-quarantined, and are awaiting results.
Each lifeguard made a comprehensive list of the individuals they came into contact with throughout their work schedule. Those individuals have been contacted and informed to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days - based on the date of the test and the last date the employees were in contact with the lifeguards that tested positive.
"The pool is closed and will not reopen until the public safety risk has been eliminated and staffing ratios can return to normal. If you have been in contact with any staff members from the pool, please self-quarantine and self-monitor," read the notice posted at the pool.
In addition to offering swimming lessons twice a day, Lincoln Avenue Pool was also a venue for water aerobic classes, lap swim sessions, and time scheduled for open swimming.
In a letter to employees, Mount Dora’s Human Resources Director Sharon Kraynik reminded staff to socially distance at all times, wear masks when they are within close proximity to others and wash hands.
Today the City also postponed the Family Fun Fest it had scheduled for this Saturday at Cauley Lott Park.
Mount Dora has had 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Eustis' number is 92, Tavares is 166 and Sorrento is 21. There were 43 new cases confirmed in Lake County today. For a current list of Lake County's COVID-19 testing sites, click here. Anyone who has come into contact with someone that has tested positive, can go to the testing sites as symptoms are not required.
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