City of Lawrence employee tests positive for COVID-19

Updated at 9:50 a.m. Friday

A City of Lawrence employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

The city became aware that one of its Municipal Services and Operations Department employees had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, according to a city news release. The release states that the employee is a field worker, and city spokesman Porter Arneill said the employee had no contact with the public as part of his or her job duties with the city.

The employee and city staff have been working with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health to conduct contact tracing and notify all those who may have come into contact with the employee, according to the release. This scenario was determined to be “low risk to exposure” for the majority of city employees. At this time, no additional city employees have tested positive.

The MSO employee is the second city employee to test positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. A Lawrence police officer tested positive on March 27.

The city will continue to work with health department and follow its recommendations to keep a safe work environment.

The city will continue to share public information related to coronavirus (COVID-19) on its website, More information is also available at the Douglas County Coronavirus Response Hub,, including health orders and guidance from the health department.


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