PARIS — The Northeast Bank branch in 235 Main St. closed Monday due to a possible vulnerability to COVID-19.
A worker in the Paris branch advised his superiors of the potential vulnerability to this virus. All workers affected have been put in quarantine for 14 days.
“We were alerted on Monday, July 27, that our South Paris staff may have been exposed to COVID-19 and have taken precautionary measures, including disinfecting all work areas and customer engagement surfaces before reopening the South Paris Banking Center. All affected employees have been placed in 14-day quarantine and supporting staff from neighboring banking centers will be onsite when we reopen,” Chris Delamater, vice president and advertising manager for Northeast Bank, said in a statement published Wednesday.
The division workers six individuals, Delamater explained.
Delamater refused to answer just how many workers were tested and the number of tested positive, stating the bank is “not able to disclose protected health information at this time.” He also wouldn’t say if further tests are proposed.
However, in a response to another query, he explained, “we do not have a confirmed COVID-19 case.”
The division is expected to reopen Thursday with employees from different branches.
Since there are no supported COVID-19 instances, Delamater explained that Northeast bank isn’t working right with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“However, (the bank is) implementing strict cleaning and sanitizing guidelines which are above-and-beyond CDC requirements.,” he explained.
The bank doesn’t alter any of its policies or processes with its clients due to the potential exposure.
“Our main focus is to effectively deliver banking services while keeping customers and employees safe,” Delamater explained. “As a consequence, we’ll continue to follow exactly the same coverage and procedures when dealing with the general public, including servicing all of trades via drive-thru windows and by appointment. Additionally, we’ll continue to take speedy action if it’s possible among our workers has been subjected to COVID-19, such as deep cleaning all impacted workplaces, 14-day quarantine for impacted workers, and safely reopening with staff members.
Even though the Paris place was closed, clients still have access to their own account online and via mobile banking. A local branch in Poland had drive-thru support accessible.
Oxford County has had 51 COVID-19 instances up to now, seventh greatest one of Maine’s 16 counties.