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ZOO MIAMI EMPLOYEES TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Zoo Miami has had 4 employees test positive for COVID-19 within the last week.  Two of the employees worked in the Trades section, one in the Animal Science section and one in the Interpretive Programs section.  All individuals were immediately sent home when the results were confirmed and contact tracing was initiated to determine which, if any other employees needed to be quarantined in accordance with the guidelines established by the County’s New Normal rules and the CDC.

The employees who worked in the Trades section and in the Animal Science section did not work directly with the general public and we do not believe that there were any instances when they came in direct contact with guests.  The Interpretive Programs employee did work directly with the public and effective immediately, all interactive animal feeding experiences (giraffe feeding, camel feeding and parrot feeding) that had recently been opened are being suspended until further notice.  Though the employee worked with the public, all rules and guidelines established by the County’s New Normal rules and the CDC were followed.  A mask was always worn and social distancing was being observed.  In addition, hand sanitizing stations are at all Interpretive Programs locations and all guests are provided the sanitizing materials following their interactions and are required to wear a face covering.

Zoo Miami is committed to following all guidelines established by the County’s New Normal rules and the CDC.  All employees have their temperature checked prior to starting their work shift and all are required to wear masks.  Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the park, both in the public areas and behind-the-scenes for employees.  Social distancing is adhered to when possible and floor decals clearly designate the proper positioning when the public may be gathered in any given area (entry gate, concession stands, etc.).

Zoo Miami will continue to evaluate its procedures and will make whatever adjustments necessary to help ensure the safety of its guests, employees, volunteers and animals.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director
305-251-0400, ext. 5084916 – Zoo Miami

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