Department of Natural Resources officials say a staff member at Killens Pond State Park water park has tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result, the water park will be closed until at least Friday, July 24th.
We’re told the staff member is asymptomatic but was tested based on close contact with someone outside the water park who tested positive. The staff member received their results on Thursday and has begun a required quarantine.
11 other water park staff members who were determined to have been in close contact are being tested and have also begun a 14-day quarantine from their last exposure to positive staff member.
The Division of Public Health has advised that visitors to the water park are considered at low risk for contracting the virus because they likely did not meet the threshold for close contact with the positive staff member, which is presence within six feet of an individual for 10 to 15 minutes or more. However, any water park visitors who would like to be tested as a precaution can utilize and of the free testing opportunities being offered by the state. A full list can be found here.
The water park will undergo full cleaning and sanitization during the closure. Officials will provide an update as to whether the park will reopen on July 24th or remain closed.
Since opening, the water park has conducted daily temperature and symptoms checks for all staff, a limit of 30 percent visitor capacity, online-only reservations in two four-hour blocks each day, a 30-minute midday cleaning break, required use of masks in most areas, social distancing, and frequent cleaning of common areas.