LAKELAND ELECTRIC EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

LAKELAND, Fla. (May 19, 2020) – Lakeland Electric confirmed that an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is now receiving medical consultation. Lakeland Electric reported the case to state and local public health officials.

The employee was last in the workplace on May 18 and received a positive test result on May 19. The employee took the appropriate actions by staying home as soon as the individual developed symptoms and informed Lakeland Electric. Lakeland Electric continues to be in contact with the employee who is at home and doing well.

Lakeland Electric is taking every precaution to help protect the health and safety of its employees. The utility reacted swiftly to have the areas the employee was in direct contact with deep cleaned. Following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, testing is being facilitated for employees that had prolonged direct contact, and those employees are instructed to self-quarantine until the test results return as a precaution.

Cleaning and disinfecting in all our facilities continues daily. Lakeland Electric continues to remind employees to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to recognize the symptoms. Employees must take their temperature and answer screening questions before entering any City of Lakeland facility.

As the impacts of this pandemic unfold, Lakeland Electric will continue to make decisions that prioritize dependable electric service to all our customers and the health and safety of our customers, employees, and community.