To ensure county employees who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus have less worry about, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution related to paid leave stemming from the virus.

During the board’s work session, County Manager Jerry Cooper explained that this resolution was to provide additional COVID-19 pay to those exposed and have exhausted money from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, but are either COVID symptomatic, COVID positive or quarantined due to exposure at work. Some of the qualifications in the resolution included prolonged exposure to a coworker who is asymptomatic, prolonged exposure to a COVID-symptomatic patient as a first responder, being personally diagnosed with the virus and having to isolate as a result or showing symptoms and having to quarantine while seeking a diagnosis.

“The paid leave will be based on each of these criteria identified here,” Cooper said.

He added that this would be in effect until Dec. 31 and, while there may only be a small handful of employees who would currently qualify for this, it’s a necessity moving forward during the pandemic.

When making a decision in the regular meeting, a motion was made to approve this resolution, including allowing Cooper to make additional payments beyond what was initially stated, although any additional pay would be decided on a case-by-case basis. The motion was then approved in a unanimous vote of the board.

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