Tenaha City Council Closes City Hall Due to Possible COVID-19 Infection

The most recent Tenaha City Council meeting held Monday, June 22, 2020 was well attended with just over 30 people in the room at one time. 

June 24, 2020 - The Tenaha City Council has voted to close down the city offices once again due to two city employees potentially having COVID-19.

Test results are not expected to be back until Friday, June 26, 2020. Durand Steadman, councilman, suggested shutting the doors until mid-July or the end of July.

The meeting was held over telephone conference at 6pm Wednesday, June 24 and Amanda Treat, City Secretary, stated she and the Municipal Court Judge became ill Tuesday with the same symptoms and have both been tested for COVID-19.

What safety measures to take at the city office during the COVID-19 staff testing and afterwards were up for consideration on the agenda.

"We're going to lock the doors again, and keep them locked, we don't want nobody coming in the city hall at all until we get the results back," said Durand Steadman, councilman. "We're still going to keep it locked though when they get the results back if they don't have it."

Steadman continued to explain the rise of cases has become so prevalent now it's a necessary step.

"We're going back to the lockbox as of today. We're going to start by putting a note on the door and let them know that city hall is going to be temporarily closed for right now," said Steadman.

Steadman remarked the city doors would likely be closed until mid-July or end of July until numbers improve.

Treat said she just received the COVID-19 report on the morning of the meeting and as of Friday, June 19, 2020, there were 11 new positive cases at Tyson, eight new positive cases at a nursing home and three new cases in Tenaha.

"I hope it's not COVID because we was all up there Monday. We probably have to go get tested ourselves, they're going to have to tell everybody that they was around," said Steadman.

A motion carried to close the doors on city hall and the two workers that have been tested for COVID-19 be off 14 days with compensation for their service.

The meeting was adjourned.