The Kent County Health Department on Lynchburg Street in Chestertown will be closed Thursday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The health department’s COVID-19 vaccination program is run out of the building and was shut down at 4 p.m. Wednesday for a disinfecting operation that will run through Thursday.

“We had to get everyone out of the building and let everything sit for 24 hours because you want all the particles to settle,” said Kent Health Officer William Webb in an interview on Thursday.

He said once everything has settled a disinfecting crew will come in and fog the facility before wiping down all the surfaces. Webb said the disinfecting operation would run into the evening on Thursday.

There were no vaccinations scheduled for Thursday.

Vaccinations will resume on Friday, Webb said.

Kent’s vaccination program began on Dec. 28 as Phase 1A of the state’s vaccination program prioritized for Healthcare workers, first responders and nursing home residents.

Vaccinations are currently by invitation only under Phase 1A.