Splashville employee tests positive for COVID-19

Ashley Inge
Splashville is currently closed until further notice due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

The city of Stephenville was notified on Friday, June 19, that a Splashville team member had tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to the concern and out of an abundance of caution, the city made the decision to close Splashville until all of their team members had been tested and cleared to return to duty.

“Internally, we’ve discussed what to do if we had someone test positive in one of our facilities. The best practice that we’ve put in place is if our staff has been in direct contact with someone that we know was directly exposed, then we want to isolate them and test them all so that we’re not putting the public at risk,” said Jen Basham, parks and leisure services director. “We didn’t feel like it would be very prudent of us as the city to know that we had someone test positive and then not test the rest of the people that they were exposed to, as well as those people also being exposed to the public.”

Basham told the E-T that the employee had not been at Splashville since it opened to the public on Monday, June 15, because they had called into work.

All of the employees were tested on Monday morning and Basham said they should have those results back early this week.

“If everybody has tested negative, they’re outside of that 10-day exposure window that Dr. Doggett has been giving us so we’ll be able to reopen immediately,” she said. “If we have a bunch test positive, then we’ll go from there. We don’t currently have anybody exhibiting symptoms so we’re optimistic.”