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Employee at La Salle County's downtown courthouse positive for COVID-19

'Situations of this nature are, unfortunately, impossible to prevent'

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An employee at La Salle County’s downtown courthouse has tested positive for COVID-19, the Chief Judge’s Office issued in a press release late Thursday.

The press release did not name a specific employee or department, but did say that individuals in close contact with “the affected employee,” singular, are self-quarantining and would seek testing based on recommendations from the La Salle County Health Department.

“Situations of this nature are, unfortunately, impossible to prevent,” said Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr., “but the county is taking all reasonable measures to ensure the safety of employees, attorneys, the public and all others within our buildings.”

Ryan said the Health Department was immediately contacted, and all individuals and departments at risk were notified. The courts are following all guidelines, and all areas occupied by the infected individuals were given a “deep cleaning.”

The downtown judges are working to reduce in-person hearings for non-emergency cases and will conduct remote hearings on civil matters until further notice.

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