COVID-19 contact tracing forces Monday closure of Cabarrus Courthouse
Cabarrus County Courthouse officials announced today a Court employee and a Magistrate’s Office employee tested positive for COVID-19. The Courthouse will close Monday, September 28, to allow for rescheduling of cases affected by a reduction in courthouse staff due to contact tracing. Officials believe more than a dozen employees may need to quarantine due to potential exposure.
Officials expect the staffing shortage to affect the District Court’s calendar through October 9. To minimize disruptions, officials will shift District Court hearings to a virtual platform when possible.
Superior Court cases scheduled after September 28 are not affected.
Anyone with a District Court or Superior Court case scheduled for September 28 should contact their lawyer or the Clerk of Court’s Office on or after October 1 to confirm the rescheduled court date at 704-262-5500. Officials will also work to post a new schedule at www.nccourts.gov by Sunday evening.
The Magistrate’s Office, which is located in the Sheriff’s Administration Building, will remain open Monday.
No other Court or Magistrate’s Office employees are exhibiting symptoms. The Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), Cabarrus County’s public health authority, is notifying those who have been identified as a close contact through contact tracing and informing them of precautionary steps to follow, including a 14-day self-isolation.
Officials from Cabarrus County Government, which manages the Sheriff’s Administration and Courthouse facilities, have performed a deep cleaning of the Magistrate’s Office and Courthouse following government sanitation guidelines.
Out of an abundance of caution, officials with Cabarrus County Courts are working to notify all Cabarrus County court personnel, attorneys, law enforcement and members of the public who may have visited the Cabarrus County Courthouse in the last week.
Anyone who believes they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, call the CHA Health Information Line at 704-920-1213.
For information on local COVID-19 resources, including health data and testing sites, visit https://www.cabarrushealth.org/592/COVID-19-Community-Testing-Information.
All Cabarrus County residents should continue to follow the 3W’s:
- Wear – a face covering when you’re around others and social distancing is not possible
- Wait – at least six-feet apart when standing in line
- Wash – your hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
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