Two ORDA staff members test positive for COVID-19

Two state Olympic Regional Development Authority staff recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff members were in isolation, and contact tracing has occurred, ORDA spokeswoman Elise Ruocco said last week.

ORDA did not say where these staff members work — whether at one of its winter sports venues in Lake Placid, Wilmington, North Creek or Highmount in the Catskills, or at its offices in Lake Placid.

ORDA also did not say if the positive tests have affected operations at any of its venues, though it did say that operational adjustments would be made “as appropriate.”

The authority did say “additional staff members” were identified as close contacts of the two positive employees, though the authority did not say specifically how many staff members are in quarantine.

“Those individuals have been directed to remain at home, limit contact with others, and will be monitored daily by the county health departments where these individuals live,” Ruocco said in a statement. “Since the exposure was first identified, ORDA has taken proactive steps to support and protect staff including enhanced cleaning of all areas connected to the exposure, as well as providing notification and important information regarding COVID-19 protocols and guidance to all staff.”

Asked how many ORDA employees have tested positive for COVID-19 altogether, including non-recent cases, the authority did not provide that information.

Asked to confirm the number of cases among ORDA staff, Essex County Senior Public Health Educator Andrea Whitmarsh said the department generally doesn’t provide additional information about positive cases found at a businesses, unless it involves a congregate living or educational setting. It is treating ORDA, a state government authority, as it would a business.