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State: 2 new COVID-19 positive tests in York County Judicial Center make three in a week

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Two more York County Judicial Center employees have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

The York Dispatch has reported on at least six other incidents of judicial center workers becoming ill with the virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic.

The AOPC has said it cannot make public in which judicial center offices the  coronavirus-exposure cases are being reported.

The state agency isn't notified of every case of COVID-19 exposure in York County's courthouse. It's notified only in cases where affected employees' jobs are considered part of the state court system, AOPC spokesperson Stacey Witalec confirmed.

In the latest cases, the infected York County employees last worked in the judicial center on Nov. 12 and Nov. 16,  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.

York County Judicial Center

Court administration alerted public-health officials, who will coordinate efforts to do contact tracing, the AOPC said.

There's no indication at this point that the public was exposed to the affected employees, according to the release.

Work areas where the employees 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.

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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."

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

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