Booneville city hall was closed last Thursday for deep cleaning and sanitizing after an employee was exposed to a known case of COVID-19.

Mayor Chris Lindley said an employee in the office notified him a family member living in their home had tested positive for the virus. City Hall was immediately closed on Thursday and all employees sent for testing.

An outside firm was hired to come in to thoroughly deep clean, disinfect and sanitize the entire building, said the mayor. He said they wanted to be as certain as possible that everything was safe before reopening.

Aldermen voted Tuesday to adjust the hours for the city’s part-time custodian, Jessica Mullins, to allow her to perform additional sanitation of all city buildings. Lindley said a sanitizing fogging machine will be used to disinfect all areas accessible to the public daily, including lobbies, bathrooms and any other space used by the general public. All other areas will be sanitized weekly.

The mayor said they want to take every step possible to protect the public.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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