In Macomb County, Clinton Township Clerk Kim Meltzer announced Wednesday that her Election Department has shut down after she and two other employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Meltzer was diagnosed on Monday and the department was closed two days later. Officials hope to get the department back open by next Monday. “The timing is awful,” Meltzer said in an interview with The Macomb Daily.
How Meltzer was infected is not known but she did attend a campaign fundraiser one week ago on Oct. 15 without wearing a mask. A Facebook photo (above) shows that Meltzer (pictured in the center) and others at the event for county commissioner candidate Jim Perna, who is nearly 80 years old (to the left of Meltzer), were not wearing masks or social distancing.
Meltzer said that on Sunday, Oct. 18, she developed a fever and was not feeling well. Clinton Township, the largest township in Michigan, has decided to test all employees in the township hall after the outbreak in the Elections Department. In the meantime, absentee ballot voting will proceed without interruption and the township is still collecting ballots at several drop boxes.
Meltzer, a Republican who is up for re-election on Nov. 3, told the Daily that she is faring well – and she offered advice to the public.
“I’m good but I’m staying home and taking medicine,” she said. “It could have been worse if I didn’t take care of it early. I can’t stress that enough. People need to take this virus seriously, get tested and wear their masks.”