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Baltimore City landfill employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at Baltimore City’s Quarantine Road landfill site has tested positive for the coronavirus, the city’s Department of Public Works announced Thursday.

Landfill workers are not reporting to work Friday and Saturday as a result, Department of Public Works Acting Director Matthew W. Garbark wrote in a news release. Instead, the landfill is being staffed by workers from other public works solid waste sites in the city, wrote department spokesperson Jennifer Combs in an email.

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For the time being, small haulers and city residents still can drop off trash, but large haulers are being diverted to other landfills, Combs wrote.

The department is “continuing to evaluate options to fully resume all services next week,” Combs wrote.

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The coronavirus has been a problem for the Department of Public Works, which had to temporarily suspend recycling collection in June after an outbreak at the Eastern Sanitation Yard. The need to quarantine workers also led to significant delays in trash pickup.

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