ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – An election judge supervisor that tested positive for COVID-19 has died in St. Charles County.

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health and the St. Charles County Election Authority said the judge, an older adult woman, received a positive result for COVID-19 on Oct. 30 from a private lab.

She was advised to quarantine for 14 days, but did not and instead worked at the County’s Precinct 41 at Blanchette Park Memorial Hall polling site on Election Day."

This election was important, sure, but it certainly wasn't worth her life or the safety of the voters," said St. Charles County Election Authority director, Kurt Bahr.

According to officials, while the individual did have COVID-19, a cause of death has not been given.

More than 1,800 voters used the polling place Tuesday, but since the woman was a supervisor, authorities said they do not anticipate her close contacts will include any of the voters who were at the site.

According to St. Charles County Public Health Department director, Demetrius Cianci-Chapman, there's a risk of transmission anytime people are gathered together. "Fortunately most voting interactions are brief and hopefully that will minimize any transmission that may have occurred at this particular polling place," he said.

As supervisor's job duties typically don’t include working closely with voters, handling iPads, distributing styluses or taking voter identification.

The Department of Public Health has contacted election workers who were at the site and are currently working with family members to determine the worker’s whereabouts prior to the positive test result. The nine other workers at the polling site are being advised to get tested for COVID-19.

"I know this election was important to her. But why she chose to break quarantine, that's a question I can never get an answer to," said Bahr.

Bahr said all election workers were mandated to wear masks or face shields at all times. He also said plexiglas barriers separated the workers from voters. Sanitation procedures were also practiced throughout the day.

Those who were at the precinct are asked to closely watch for symptoms and contact the county’s COVID hotline at 636-949-1899 with questions.

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