York DA: Employee tests positive for coronavirus, is recovering at home

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A member of the York County District Attorney's Office has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The employee, who received test results on Sunday, is recovering under quarantine, "and we wish our colleague a speedy and healthy recovery," a news release from the district attorney states.

In it, DA Dave Sunday states his office is contacting everyone who might have been exposed to the virus through the sickened employee and is following protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Our employee is instructed to remain at home until approved for a return to this office by a physician," Sunday wrote.

York County District Attorney Dave Sunday presented a diversity statement at a press conference in front of the York County Judicial Center Friday, June 12, 2020. Bill Kalina photo

The district attorney's office has taken steps to protect employees and the public, including modified work shifts to limit contact and encouraging social distancing, the DA said.

The office provides masks and hand sanitizer for employees and visitors, and employees are directed to stay home and seek medical guidance if they feel ill, according to Sunday.

More:Two new COVID-19 cases in York County Prison, warden says

"The health and well-being of our employees and the general public continues to be a

priority as we navigate this challenging and ever-changing environment," he wrote. "To that end, we will continue to follow and support the recommended CDC guidelines."

Other county cases: The district attorney's announcement came the same day York County Prison Warden Clair Doll told The York Dispatch that the prison has two inmates who recently tested positive for the coronavirus — one from last week, the other brought in Monday. The latter inmate had been tested prior to being committed to the prison, Doll said.

The announcements happened less than a week after The York Dispatch learned an employee of the York County Prothonotary's Office had tested positive for the virus.

Unlike the DA and warden, Allison Blew has not confirmed one of her workers was sickened with COVID-19 and has not returned messages seeking comment.

York County officials last week confirmed an employee in the York County Judicial Center had tested positive for the virus after initially declining to do so.

A news release from the county states that the county is following guidelines from the CDC and the state Department of Health when COVID-19 cases arise.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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