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Employee at Easton-Phillipbsurg free bridge tests positive for COVID-19

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission received notification that one of its bridge monitors at the Northampton Street Toll-Supported Bridge, know as “the free bridge” between Easton, PA. and Phillipsburg, NJ, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee worked overnight shifts from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  The individual’s recent work schedule was March 30 and 31; and April 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9, the commission said.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Commission is recommending pedestrians who crossed the Northampton Street Bridge in the overnight hours on the previously mentioned dates and may not have socially distanced themselves from a Commission employee that they encountered, to monitor their symptoms and contact a healthcare provider if they are feeling ill.  The Commission will not be providing further information on this matter in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,” the commission said.

The Commission continues to work closely with its workforce to prevent coronavirus exposure and to provide an environment that is as healthy and safe as possible during this unprecedented coronavirus crisis.

The Commission, for example, temporarily suspended cash toll collections at its seven barrier toll plaza locations starting the night of March 24; the commission has since collected tolls through E-ZPass or bills to be sent in the mail to registered vehicle owners.

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