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Madawaska Town Office possibly exposed to COVID-19

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Town Office closed Thursday as a post made by Selectman Laurie Gagnon attributed the closure to possible COVID-19 exposure. 

Notices hung on the town office signs and doors said: “It has come to our attention that office staff may have been exposed to COVID-19 in this office on Wednesday Aug. 19. Out of an abundance of caution, a decision has been made to close the town office today so that we have time to assess, minimize risk and sanitize this office.”

The Madawaska Town Office closed Thursday due to possible COVID-19 exposure. (Morgan Mitchell)

In Gagnon’s post — which she said was board -approved as the town of Madawaska does not have a dedicated town Facebook page — Gagnon said that the back office staff may have been exposed. She went on to say that they had received word that initial COVID tests came back negative for the individual in question. 

“…But it is our understanding that he/she is still being asked to quarantine and will be retested tomorrow,” Gagnon said. “So, we are following through with sanitation and will re-evaluate today as we receive more information.”

She added that the town office would likely be closed Friday as well. 

“For those of you who do not believe that COVID is a thing, I ask that you please understand that as public officials we just try to do the very best we can with the information that we are given,” she wrote. “An over-reaction has far less consequences than if we do nothing and are wrong.”

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