DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) -- Some Veterans Administration employees are concerned about potential exposure to coronavirus after a call center employee came to work for several days with symptoms.
The person has since tested positive and is currently being treated for the virus. Now others who work in the Health Eligibility Center (HEC) building where that call center is located, are worried their health may be in jeopardy.
“You put me at risk by letting me stay in that building for after you knew that somebody tested positive,” said a VA crisis line employee. The worker told CBS46 she’s worried about potential exposure.
“At any given night we have about an 100 people plus at the call center, so he could have walked anywhere,” said the fellow employee.
The call center employee we spoke with also says a full week passed between the time the employee tested positive and the time coworkers were notified. She says the building was never closed and sanitized.
“Our call center is not shutting down and they were just going to clean his station and there is still work as normal," according to the whistle blower.
In addition, “Do Not Enter” signs were also placed in the infected worker’s cubical, but employees said that’s not enough. Multiple people reached out to CBS46 saying they’re now afraid to go to work, but the VA won’t give them paid time off.
“They said right now we're not able to approve administrative leave which is very concerning for me because I have pre-existing issues,” added the whistle blower.
Monday, ten days after the worker’s test results came back positive sanitized the building while employees worked. Some tell CBS46 it’s a case of too little too late if they were already exposed.