OYSTER BAY, NY — Two Town of Oyster Bay municipal pools were closed over the weekend after lifeguards tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus, the town said.
A lifeguard at Plainview community pool tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, leading the town to test the rest of the staff and close the pool for the weekend. A cashier at the pool also tested positive. The pool reopened Monday.
At the Marjorie R. Post community pool in Massapequa, a different lifeguard tested positive for the virus Saturday. The town had the rest of the staff tested and the pool was closed late Sunday after the town was notified of the positive case. Marjorie R. Post pool reopened Tuesday following a two-day "full facility cleaning," a town spokeswoman told Patch.
She added that none of the three workers who tested positive at either pool interacted closely with the public. All three workers were nonunion, seasonal employees.
The Nassau County Department of Health, which issues permits for municipal pools, issued safety guidelines that said the temperatures of pool staff should be checked daily and that anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher or who displays symptoms of COVID-19 should be sent home.
The guidance also recommends social distancing for pool staff and community members and frequent daily sanitizing of all heavy-traffic areas.
All staff are required to wear protective equipment and social distancing is advised to all residents who visit the pool, the spokeswoman told Patch. Among other measures, she said that there are hand sanitizing stations set up at the pools and facilities are disinfected daily and throughout the day.