Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor John Cruikshank and former Mayor Susan Brooks have both tested positive for coronavirus, the city announced Monday.
Cruikshank and several other city officials attended a birthday party for Brooks on March 8, and some other officials who were at the party have opted to self-quarantine.
“I am getting the rest and care I need and taking all necessary precautions as directed by my physician and public health officials,” Cruikshank said in a prepared statement. “I hope my diagnosis underscores the need for all residents to take this crisis seriously and follow all directives from public health officials. COVID-19 is in all of our communities and we must all do our part to slow its spread.”
Mayor Pro Tem Eric Alegria, who also attended the party, is not exhibiting symptoms and has not been tested, but he has chosen to self-quarantine, according to the city.
A city employee who was also in attendance has displayed symptoms and is self-quarantined, but has not yet been tested.
City Manager Ara Mihranian and Interim Deputy City Manager Kit Fox did not attend the party but are self-isolating out of an abundance of caution due to their interactions with those officials who did, including Cruikshank, according to the city.
“As soon as I got word of the mayor’s diagnosis over the weekend, I immediately notified all city staff who were in contact with him and other city officials who attended the party,” Mihranian said. “I also ordered the deep cleaning of City Hall and all city facilities visited by these officials.”
Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall has been closed to the public since March 14 and almost all employees are working remotely, the city stated, with only a handful of essential staff onsite that must practice social distancing and take all necessary precautions. Deep cleaning is being performed between shifts, the city stated.
Rancho Palos Verdes City Council and advisory board meetings will be held by teleconference until further notice, according to the city.
Self-quarantines for the coronavirus are to last 14 days, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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