Kent County Courthouse Faced First COVID-19 Closure Friday

The Kent County Courthouse closed Friday, September 25, 2020 after the preceding day an individual who works in the courthouse was notified that they had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a statement from Harris P. Murphy, Circuit Court Judge, the employee was completely asymptotic and the test had been administered for another reason.

Following existing Circuit Court protocols and in conjunction with the local and state health departments, as well as the Administrative Office of the Courts, the courthouse was closed on Friday and thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and fogged.

The courthouse reopened Monday.

“This was inevitable and we were prepared,” Judge Murphy said in an interview on Monday. “Because of the one individual testing positive, a number of other employees are required to quarantine as a result of contact tracing.”

Through contact tracing, all individuals who were determined to have been in close contact with the positive employee as defined by the CDC will quarantine for 14 days.

“No one else so far has tested positive,” Murphy added. “We are open and operating.”

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