Another York County Judicial Center employee tests positive for COVID-19
Another York County Judicial Center employee has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
The employee last worked there on Tuesday, Oct. 20, and "adhered to health and safety guidelines including the use of personal protective equipment and social distancing when interacting with coworkers and the public," according to an AOPC news release.
The AOPC on Monday declined to say how many York County Judicial Center employees have tested positive for the coronavirus or in which office the latest infected employee works.
Court administration alerted public-health officials, who will coordinate efforts to do contact-tracing, the AOPC said.
The tracing has just begun, but there's no indication at this point that the public was exposed to the affected employee, according to the release.
Work areas where the employee had physical contact are being cleaned, the AOPC said.
A number of judicial center employees and visitors still remove or pull down their face masks after entering the building, despite York County President Judge Joseph C. Adams' order requiring masks be worn in public areas by both employees and citizens.
His emergency judicial order, which runs through March 31, limits in-person access and proceedings and allows "advanced communication technologies" such as Zoom for certain court hearings.
Adams' order also states:
"All persons must wear face masks at all times in all areas of the building directly accessible to members of the public, while elected officials may establish their own protocols regarding the wearing of masks by employees within areas of their respective departments not directly accessible to members of the public."
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