MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Eight people who were at the state courthouse in Milford this month tested positive for the coronavirus, but officials kept the building open as workers cleaned the areas where the infected people had been, according to the state Judicial Branch.
The number of infections is more than double that of any other courthouse in Connecticut in December, Hearst Connecticut Media reported Friday. There have been 49 virus cases at state courthouses this month, including staff and visitors. Courthouses in Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford and Norwich have had three cases apiece.
The court system follows guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Public Health, and the decision to close a courthouse is made by the chief court administrator, Judge Patrick Carroll III, said Judicial Branch spokeswoman Rhonda Stearley-Hebert. Cleaning the buildings is a top priority, she said.
“Upon a known or suspected COVID-19 exposure, and in addition to the enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocol, emphasis is placed on disinfecting the areas where the individual has traveled within the facility, such as entrances, offices, courtrooms, restrooms, elevators, etc.,” Stearley-Hebert said.
She said it was not necessary to close the Milford courthouse because of cleaning protocols.
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