Courthouse

Pictured is the Bedford County courthouse.

Bedford County Court Administration today announced that a court employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee, who was not identified, last worked in court offices on Oct. 2, according to a news release from the Administrative office of Pennsylvania Courts. The employee “adhered to health and safety guidelines including the use of personal protective equipment and social distancing,” the release said.

At this time there is no indication the public was exposed to the affected employee.

Court administration notified the AOPC and has followed Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health Guidelines, and has completed contact tracing.

Those potentially exposed, as defined by the CDC, have been notified. The work areas which the employee had physical contact have been cleaned, the release said.

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Meanwhile, Huntingdon County officials are grappling with a spike in COVID cases in that county, including one at the courthouse.

In a news release, commissioners said an attorney who appeared in court on Oct. 5 has tested positive for the virus. Anyone who had contact with the attorney has been notified, the release said.

The court will continue to operate as usual, with precautions in place including social distancing, frequent disinfecting and wearing masks.

Because of the increase in cases, the commissioners said county offices will continue to operate, but with reduced staff, which may cause some service delays. The number of people permitted in any office at one time will be restricted, and the commissioners asked the public to use electronic methods to conduct business when possible, and to make an appointment should business need to be done in person. Residents should contact the appropriate office directly, or call the commissioners’ office at 643-3091 to be directed to the correct office.

Also, beginning with the commissioners’ meeting on Oct. 20, all public meetings will be conducted via GoTo Meeting. Information on how to access those meetings may be found at www.huntingdoncounty.net.

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