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‘Outbreak’ reported at Randolph Courthouse

Cleaning underway after multiple employees test positive

ELKINS — County officials said an “outbreak” of COVID-19 has occurred among employees at the Randolph County Courthouse.

County Commissioner Mark Scott told The Inter-Mountain three people who work at the courthouse tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Scott said “most personnel” at the courthouse were tested Wednesday, but some still needed to be and results were still coming in.

“This has been reported to the state as an outbreak, because it was in one area,” Bonnie Woodrum, infectious disease specialist with the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, told The Inter-Mountain Wednesday afternoon. “It is classified as an outbreak.”

Woodrum said there have been “positive tests among workers at the courthouse” with results “still coming in” as of late Wednesday afternoon.

“We have directed several people to be on quarantine until their status is known,” she said, adding that the situation was first discovered Wednesday.

“Any identified contacts of the positive cases are being notified,” Woodrum said.

Most of those employees who have tested positive work closely together in the courthouse, Scott said.

“It appears to be isolated in the Courthouse Annex,” Scott said.

He noted cleaning of the facility has begun and will continue.

“We have taken steps to make sure we have adequately disinfected the affected areas,” Scott said late Wednesday afternoon. “We will disinfect the entire courthouse Thursday.”

“We are following the proper procedures,” he added. “Some courthouse services will be limited at this time.

“We would discourage any unnecessary travel to the courthouse on Thursday,” he said, but added that while the courthouse is being disinfected section-by-section Thursday, the facility will remain open to the public. Those services in the sections being disinfected will be unavailable temporarily during the cleaning, he said.

Scott said protective measures were already in place at the courthouse.

“Masks have been mandatory. We have plexiglas partitions between staff and the public,” he said. “We don’t think any member of the public was infected. But if you have visited the courthouse and feel the need to be tested we encourage you to do so.”

Scott and Commission President David Kesling were tested Wednesday and the results were negative, he said. Commissioner Chris See was out of town Wednesday.

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