A polling site in Southeast Houston was temporarily closed Thursday after a worker there tested positive for COVID-19, the Harris County Clerk’s office said.

After learning of the positive test, the county immediately closed the site at Iglesia Una Luz En Tu Camino and sent in a cleaning crew, said Lizzie Lewis, a spokesperson for the clerk’s office. The other workers were taken for rapid tests Thursday afternoon and now are quarantining and awaiting their results. They will remain in quarantine for 10 to 14 days.

Harris Health administered those tests and is expediting the results, Lewis said. The agency will determine the need for contact tracing after the results come back.

Poll workers are given temperature checks when they arrive at the sites, and the worker in question passed that screening, Lewis said. The worker later began feeling under the weather and went for a COVID test. After receiving the results, the worker notified the election judge, and the poll location was shut down.

It was not immediately clear whether the clerk worked at the site Tuesday and Wednesday, as well.

The church has been one of the lowest-volume sites in the county, processing 340 votes in the first two days of early voting.

Three voters arrived during the closure Thursday afternoon and were redirected to nearby poll locations.

The county then deployed a new staff and reopened the site just before 3 p.m.


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