The coronavirus is spreading through the Allegheny County court system, infecting employees and causing a local court to be closed. The president of the court, Christopher Connors, said that six people in the court and two lawyers working in the court had been diagnosed with the virus. A spokesperson for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office said a civilian who worked in the courthouse had a positive test result. Visitors to the Hills District Court in Pennsylvania saw signs of closure for two weeks on Monday. Out of caution, the Pennsylvania Hill District Court will be closed. “But no one knows the reason for the closure-a court employee succumbed to COVID-1
The coronavirus is spreading through the Allegheny County court system, infecting employees and causing a local court to be closed.
Court administrator Christopher Connors said that six court employees and two lawyers who were already working in the court were diagnosed with the virus. A spokesperson for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office said a civilian who worked in the court test was positive.
On Monday, visitors to the Hills District Court in Pennsylvania saw signs that the court was closed for two weeks.
The caller received this message: “Due to caution, the Penn Hills District Court will be closed.” But no one knows the reason for the closure-a court employee fell to COVID-19.
This fact was only revealed when “Action News Investigation” asked Connors.
Criminal defense lawyer Patrick Nightingale said: “We are concerned about the lack of transparency.”
He said that court officials have always abided by the law on coronavirus cases among court employees.
He said: “Are we unknowingly bringing this virus to other courts, other parts of the Commonwealth? We just don’t know.”
Last weekend, Nightingale posted on Facebook that “a large number of people, prosecutors and public defense lawyers have been diagnosed or are in isolation.”
On Monday, the district attorney’s office said three of its employees had the virus.
“Literally, I contacted social media out of fear and despair. Why didn’t anyone tell us what happened?”
In response, Connors said: “The court went beyond the CDC’s “close ties” guidelines and evaluated each situation on a case-by-case basis and considered all the circumstances… to determine who should stay at home and who should be notified .”
Connors said he is working on a plan to ensure that lawyers are notified when court personnel respond positively to the virus. Nightingale said he welcomed the plan.