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Early voting location in SE Houston temporarily closed due to clerk's positive COVID-19 test

Iglesia Una Luz En Tu Camino on Howard closed for one hour Thursday for deep-cleaning.

HOUSTON — An early voting location was closed temporarily Thursday after a clerk there reported a positive coronavirus test, Elizabeth Lewis, with Harris County Votes, confirmed.

A clerk at the Iglesia Una Luz En Tu Camino, at 9045 Howard Drive in southeast Houston near Hobby Airport, had not been feeling well and decided to get a COVID-19 test, which came back positive, Lewis said. The clerk told the polling site's election judge.

Lewis said all of the clerks -- who had been getting temperature checks every day at the polling location -- are now under a 14-day quarantine and will not be allowed to come back until they get a negative coronavirus test after the quarantine period.   

The location was closed for about an hour Thursday to be deep-cleaned, and reserve polling clerks were brought in.

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Election officials are waiting word from Harris Health on whether any voters who were at the location Tuesday or Wednesday need to be contacted or need to take a COVID-19 test.

Lewis said the voting site has seen approximately 240 voters so far, and is one of the smallest polling locations in terms of voting numbers.