Second member of the St.Gallen government tested positive – construction chief Susanne Hartmann was unable to attend the November session
After district president Bruno Damann, Susanne Hartmann was also caught: The St. Gallen construction manager tested positive for the corona virus. In the November session of the cantonal parliament beginning this afternoon, Economics Director Beat Tinner will represent the construction business.
Head of construction Susanne Hartmann will be out of the November session. She has tested positive for the coronavirus. She is in isolation at home. She is doing well, she has not yet shown any symptoms, the State Chancellery announced.
There are no indications of contagion to other people in the professional environment of District President Bruno Damann. It was said last week after the President of the Government and Head of Health Bruno Damann tested positive. All other members of the government and close employees from the General Secretariat had been tested – and had negative results. The members of the government had themselves tested again on Monday morning – and Susanne Hartmann’s result was positive.
Representations in session regulated
District President Damann tested positive for the corona virus last Wednesday. It is not known where he was infected. Damann fulfills most of his obligations digitally. According to the State Chancellery, Susanne Hartmann will also conduct day-to-day business digitally. Business from the building department is represented by the economics director Beat Tinner in the November session of the cantonal parliament.
The representation of Damann in the November session is regulated as follows: The submission for the further development of the strategy of the St.Gallen hospital associations is represented by Government Councilor Marc Mächler, Head of the Finance Department. The remaining business of the health department will be taken over by government councilor Laura Bucher, head of the department of the interior. During the absence, Damann’s deputy head of education, Stefan Kölliker, assumes the presidential duties.
Government remains able to act
What if other members of the government get sick too? The government remains quorate if at least four out of seven members plus the State Secretary or his deputy are present. For this, the people can also be connected from the home office – just as the then government councilor Martin Klöti did in the spring, who was considered a risk person due to his 65 years of age.
Only if more than three members of the government could no longer be contacted would the government no longer have a proper quorum. On the other hand, it remains capable of action even if only the district president or another member of the government is present. “The president or his representative could make decisions on the presidential decree on their own, provided that certain transactions could not be postponed under any circumstances,” says the state secretary.