AUBURN — The Tax Office at Auburn Hall will reopen Monday after a two-week closure due to positive COVID-19 test results among staff.

A city announcement said the office will return to “normal operations” Monday, March 1, at 8:30 a.m.

“We truly appreciate your patience in recent days,” the statement said. “Our team stands ready to serve here at Auburn Hall, so come see us next week! Masks and physical distancing protocols remain in place.”

The Tax and City Clerk’s offices initially closed Feb. 10, with an announcement from city officials on Feb. 11 that three staff members had tested positive for COVID-19.

Both offices were initially expected to reopen Feb. 16, but only the City Clerk’s office followed that timeline. At the time, officials said reopening the Tax Office was delayed as the affected staff continued to quarantine at home.

Matt Fifield, Auburn’s deputy fire chief who has led the city’s COVID-19 response, said the city conducted a second round of COVID-19 testing of staff who were considered to be close contacts of those testing positive, and there were no additional positive test results. However, due to limited staffing, the Tax Office couldn’t reopen on schedule.


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