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Barclays employee raising coronavirus concerns

Posted at 7:33 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 09:30:23-04

HENDERSON (KTNV) — Workers inside the Barclays building in Henderson continue to work even after the company confirms two of its employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The doors remain open at Barclays in Henderson, an essential business with a call center serving a financial institution. It’s also a place where a Barclays spokesperson says 2 employees have tested positive for coronavirus, including 1 in the past week.

The positive tests have sparked concerns among some employees who feel unsafe working. They say they’re afraid of being a carrier or getting sick themselves.

“I’m not okay with it. I’m not okay with my partner maybe being sick. They didn’t care they might have brought that home. There are people with children. There’s no time for that.”

This employee’s partner is speaking for her, due to fears of retaliation at her job. She says her partner is scared of being a carrier or getting sick herself.

They also say they haven’t seen a deep cleaning on the second floor where one of the employees who tested positive worked. They’re wondering why the whole building hasn’t been shut down for cleaning.

A Barclays spokesperson says the 2 employees who’ve tested positive are self-quarantined at home. Any employee who may have had close contact is being asked to self-quarantine. They also say the second floor was deep cleaned on April 1 as well as high-traffic common areas of the buildings. No one from the public is allowed inside at this time.

In a statement Barclays says:

“We can confirm that two colleagues based in our Henderson office have tested positive for COVID-19. The health and safety of our colleagues, customers and clients is our top priority, and we are providing support to our colleagues and their families. We are following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other authorities and have used their guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting both the colleagues’ workspaces as well as the entire floor. This is in addition to our ongoing enhanced cleaning protocols that were already in place. We have also identified colleagues who had close contact with our affected colleagues and have advised them to self-quarantine in line with CDC guidance.”

The employee’s partner says that’s not enough.

“They need to close their doors, they need to make sure their employees are okay, and they need to give them two weeks to make sure they’re okay. I mean that’s all they need,” she said.

The Barclays spokesperson said first employee who tested positive hasn’t been at work for the last two and a half weeks. The most recent positive case occurred last week.