CHARLOTTE – Mecklenburg County has suspended 598 unpaid employees for failing to upload their weekly COVID-19 test results, according to a statement given to Channel 9.
These county employees will remain suspended until they present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Officials say 290 of the suspended employees are full-time. The Department of Social Services had the most suspensions at 119.
Authorities have confirmed that about 70% of all county employees are vaccinated.
According to County Director Dena Diorio’s August 2 memo, unvaccinated county employees are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to human resources every week, starting September 7.
A spokesperson for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said no MCSO employees were affected.
Last week, the county released data showing 69.6% of full-time employees were vaccinated.
Below is the full statement given to Channel 9:
Mecklenburg County Employee COVID-19 Testing Statement
“Unvaccinated Mecklenburg County employees who have not tested negative for COVID-19 in the past seven days will receive suspension notices starting today and will remain on unpaid suspension until proof of a negative COVID-19 vaccination or test is confirmed.
With approximately 70 percent of all employees vaccinated, Mecklenburg County remains committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees, as well as a safe experience for our customers.
The county has implemented this process to meet the highest possible COVID-19 prevention standards. “
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