UPDATE 07/17: The Division of Motor Vehicle announced Friday that the DMV Office located at 14555 South Minuteman Drive, Draper, will reopen Monday, July 20, 2020. “The office has been deep cleaned, sterilized and employees have been cleared to return to work” reported Monte Roberts, Division Director.
DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) announced Monday that the Draper office would be closed until further notice after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
State officials said the office located at 14555 South Minute Man Drive is closed to protect the public and employees to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The employee tested positive for the virus over the weekend, officials said. The office will be cleaned and sterilized and all employees cleared prior to opening the office to the public.
“This is frustrating for customers and employees but unavoidable given the situation,” said Monte Roberts, the Motor Vehicle Division Director. “All customer appointments scheduled at this office will be cancelled. Those customers that have scheduled appointments are encouraged to schedule an appointment at other offices until the office is reopened.”
Many who showed up for appointments were frustrated.
“I am really bummed. It takes a while to get an appointment, you have to make an appointment like a week ahead, 5 days ahead, so whoa, I don’t even know what’s going to happen now,” said Ellen Bethers, who had shown up for her appointment Monday afternoon.
“The concern is the inconvenience to the public. We’re extremely apologetic about this,” said Tammy Kikuchi with Utah State Tax Commission.
“But we’re trying to keep the public, and our employees, safe. And so this is, we felt, the best thing to do at this time,” added Kikuchi.
In the meantime, the roughly two dozen employees at the Draper location have been asked to self-quarantine at home until the location gets further guidance from the Salt Lake County Health Department.
As of Monday afternoon, officials couldn’t say when the DMV in Draper might re-open.
“We have tried to contact everybody who had an appointment and let them know that that office was closed. We have no idea how long it’s going to take. We are still trying to contract with a cleaning crew and then it would be a couple of days after they arrive,” said Kikuchi.
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DMV said it will continue to adjust operations as it navigates the safest and most efficient ways to serve customers.
This isn’t the first time a DMV location has been closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The South Salt Lake DMV office was closed for eight days in June after an employee tested positive for the virus.