Five employees at the Largo branch of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration office in Prince George’s County tested positive for the coronavirus, one of whom died, officials said.

An MVA spokesperson said the employee who most recently tested positive got their test result Saturday and last worked at the office on Oct. 3, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

“Contract tracing has been underway to determine others these individuals may have been in contact with, and they have been instructed to self-quarantine due to potential exposure,” the spokesperson said in a statement, WRC reported.

The Largo branch has been cleaned and disinfected, the spokesperson said. The office remains open to the public and customers and staff are required to wear face coverings and take part in a brief health screening and temperature scan when they enter the facility.

Patrick Moran, president of the MVA union, placed blame on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

“Throughout this pandemic, the Hogan administration has failed his employees at each turn,” Moran said, WRC-TV reported. “His administration didn’t supply enough [personal protective equipment], they didn’t fix or upgrade ventilation systems, they won’t compensate employees coming to work, unable to socially distance.”

As of Wednesday morning, Prince George’s County led the state in both coronavirus cases and related deaths, with roughly 31,000 cases and 833 deaths, according to a county dashboard.

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