Patient employed in Charlton, not a resident of town

CHARLTON — Several employees of a local Mass Pike service station are quarantined after a co-worker has tested positive for COVID-19, with the facility in which they work being temporarily closed.

Charlton Town Administrator Andrew Golas said a maintenance worker based out of the Massachusetts Turnpike Westbound Service Station is now “a confirmed positive COVID-19 case.” He noted the unidentified patient is not a Charlton resident.

“The Service Station building has been closed following this development until any potential exposure risks can be mitigated,” Golas said in a press release on Thursday. “As a precaution, the staff of the Service Station have been placed under a self-quarantine order.” The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is assisting in the closure of the facility, though the fuel station will remain available during the closure, Golas reported.

Fire Department temporarily understaffed

As reported by The Citizen Chronicle on Wednesday, three members of the Charlton Fire Department are in quarantine after being exposed to the town’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. Golas said on Thursday that Town officials are “actively working to coordinate COVID-19 tests for those who were exposed to our first positive case.” If those staffers receive a negative test result, clearing them of COVID-19, the fire department will be able to return to full staff, Golas noted.

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