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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 132783.015 Event: 01/24/2021Employee With Covid-19 Infection Dies
An employee was working for a firm that provided electronic monitoring, alcohol testing, reentry, case management and offender-management programs and services to local governments. He was a general office supervisor of a three-person offic e. His office activities included interacting with citizens by appointment or wa lk-in to applying and maintaining court-required monitoring devices. He supervis ed two coworkers. The first coworker worked as an equipment application technici an. The second coworker was an administrative and equipment application person. On Monday, December 28, 2020, the employee and the first coworker were at work, when a client entered their 2.4-meter by 3.0-meter (8-foot by 10-foot) space cou ghing and having difficulty breathing and keeping a facial covering on. Both the employee and the first coworker experienced symptoms within two days of exposur e to the client. On Thursday, December 31, 2020, the first coworker called in s ick to the employee with low-grade fever. The employee notified the firm's regio nal manager in Georgia, adding that both he and the first coworker had been figh ting illness all week. The regional manager contacted the first coworker and enc ouraged COVID-19 testing. The first coworker stated that he did not have health insurance and was looking for free COVID-19 testing. During the days following D ecember 31, 2020, over the weekend, the employee became ill and went to a hospit al. The employee tested negative for COVID-19 at the hospital and returned home with symptoms. On Monday, January 4, 2021, the employee called in sick. On Janua ry 6, 2021, the employee returned to the hospital with breathing problems and on going symptoms. He tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital . At 6:00 a.m. on January 24, 2021, he died. The first coworker survived the il lness at home. The second coworker did not develop COVID-19.
Keywords: infectious disease
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1512054.015 Fatality Supervisors, general office

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