Q: Ought to commerce employees (plumbers, electricians) nonetheless go to work? | Covid-19
Q: Should craftsmen (plumbers, electricians, HVAC specialists) still go to work?
A: People still have to make a living despite the virus, said Dr. John McNeill, Victoria’s Health Authority.
Even so, he said he would not allow a merchant worker to come into his home at this point if the community was suspected of spreading across the county.
“At my house, I can tell you my shower is not working right now,” McNeill said. “We wanted to bring in a plumber to fix the problem and he called a few days ago … but I said to him, ‘Why don’t we wait for this to be over?’ I think that’s just prudent. “
“For me personally, it makes little sense for people whose history you don’t know to come to your home,” he said. “I’ll throw that out of there.”
McNeill said during the contract tracking process that occurs after a person tests positive for COVID-19, health officials look to the day a person became sick and then where they went and what they are in Done days before and after. He said this is important in identifying a possible spread of the virus as a person can become contagious before showing symptoms.
“If you’ve been to 12 different people’s homes to fix something, that’s 12 households where we need to look for the possibility of this disease being transmitted,” he said.
Despite McNeill’s personal decision to postpone his shower repair, tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians, and HVAC specialists have been classified as “essential” workers in other parts of the state where protection warrants have been issued.
Victoria does not currently have an emergency shelter that prohibits all but “essential” workers from leaving their homes for activities other than exercise and grocery shopping.
“We’re open to business,” said Ben Heilker, whose family is Victoria Air Conditioning LTD.
McNeill repeated his advice to all workers: “If you are sick, please do not go to work.”
Morgan O’Hanlon is the Victoria Advocate’s economic and agricultural reporter. She can be reached at 361-580-6328, [email protected], or on Twitter @mcohanlon.