The Missouri Department of Transportation said an employee with the company that cleans Missouri’s welcome centers has tested positive for COVID-19.
Facilities recently cleaned by the individual at Conway have been closed on both sides of Interstate 44.
DBi, the company contracted to clean Missouri rest areas and welcome centers, notified the Missouri Department of Transportation early Thursday of the positive test. Both eastbound and westbound facilities were immediately closed to the public, according to the department.
The welcome centers will be cleaned following CDC guidance and utilizing EPA-registered disinfectants.
The department said the westbound side is being cleaned and disinfected first and will reopen on Saturday. The eastbound facility will then be cleaned and disinfected and will reopen Sunday.
Parking will still be available at both welcome centers. DBi is installing portable toilets at the locations that were scheduled to be delivered on site by 1 p.m. Thursday. There will be three units at both the eastbound and westbound locations, including facilities for those with disabilities.
The cleaning and disinfecting process will be performed at no cost to MoDOT, according to the department’s release Thursday.