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COVID-19 outbreak shutters Hamtramck city clerk's office

Jos Campau Historic District in Hamtramck, Michigan.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has closed the Hamtramck city clerk’s office, after City Clerk August Gitschlag and two employees tested positive for the disease.

The office closed on Monday. Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski told the Detroit Free Pressthat for the time being, all clerk-related business will be handled through the city manager’s office. Hamtramck city hall remains open.

Gitschlag said it’s unclear whether he and the other employees contracted the virus from election-related activities last week, but Election Day polling sites and city employees have all been notified about the outbreak.

Gitschlag said that for now, he and his employees are experiencing only mild symptoms. He said he expects the clerk’s office to re-open Monday.

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Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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