State: Worker tests positive for COVID-19 at West Manchester district judge office, 2nd has symptoms

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/TNS)

The West Manchester Township magisterial district court has temporarily closed after a worker there tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

It's the office of District Judge Keith Albright, located at 390 East Berlin Road in the township.

The employee last worked in the office on Nov. 19 and had been adhering to health and safety guidelines, including the use of personal protective equipment and social distancing when interacting to other employees and members of the public, according to an AOPC news release.

On Monday, a second employee in the office began experiencing what potentially could be symptoms of COVID-19 and has not been in the office since that day, the AOPC said.

The office won't reopen until work areas have been cleaned again, as was done after the first employee was sickened, according to the agency.

The staff members won't return to the office until they are free of symptoms, and as directed by their doctors, the AOPC said.

Neighboring magisterial district court offices will handle time-sensitive matters for Albright's office until it reopens, according to the agency.

Anyone who meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's criteria for having potentially been exposed will be notified by public health officials, the AOPC said.

Contact tracing efforts have just begun and at this point there's nothing to indicate members of the public were exposed to either employee, the AOPC said.

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

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