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Flub’s employee tests positive for coronavirus in Hamilton

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An employee at Flub's Dariette in Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19, according to the ice cream shop's website.

The employee who tested positive last worked on July 5, but the July 9 statement from the historic Hamilton dessert shop said that employee did not become sick while on work.

“We immediately contacted the City of Hamilton Health Department. The health department gave us recommendations,” according to the statement.

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Flub’s owner Brian Connaughton said they were never mandated to shut down. In addition to the daily cleaning by the staff, he has a professional cleaner come for two to three hours nightly to clean the ice cream shop.

Connaughnton said he was told “there was no reason for us to actually shut down.”

Flub’s has adhered to the following guidelines:

• The 11 co-workers who may have been in contact with the affected employee is to be quarantined for 14 days; and 
• Employees have thoroughly cleaned the entire facility.

Even if the employees test negative for COVID-19, they’ll still quarantine for the full 14 days.

The Hamilton city health department told Flub’s while the employee was not at work when becoming ill, contact tracing goes back 48 hours from when symptoms first occur, according to the statement.

The Fairfield Lane Library is temporarily shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to the library system and Butler County General Health District. The library is expected to reopen on Wednesday morning.