Quarantine Rd. landfill open, despite employee testing positive for COVID-19

Posted at 7:29 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 07:42:55-04

BALTIMORE — As of Friday morning the Quarantine Road Landfill is open to the public, however services are limited. Last night Baltimore City Department of Public Works announced an employee who works location tested positive for COVID-19.

There are roughly 18 regular employees at the location. As a result of the positive case, employees were given Friday and Saturday off with pay. According to a DPW spokesperson 13 of the employees are believe to have been in close contact with the person who tested positive.

"The city is going through the process of getting hem tested," said James Rohrback, Division of Solid Waste Disposal Chief for the City of Baltimore. "Essentially the city is doing what needs to be done to make sure they’re OK and then it will ultimately allow them to return to work."

In an effort to keep the Landfill open to the public the decision was made to reduce services. Employees from other locations were also brought in to help with operations.

Small hauls are still allowed, however large hauls are being diverted to other locations.

"We’ve turned away quite a few dump trucks and things like that," said Rohrback. "We've directed them to other landfills and they understand. We’ve been telling them it'll be like this until further notice."

DPW said it will reevaluate services once Quarantine Road employees are tested for COVID-19 and their results are reported.