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Holyoke District Court employee tests positive for COVID-19


Staff Writer
Published: 4/9/2020 5:09:18 PM
Modified: 4/9/2020 5:09:06 PM

HOLYOKE — The city’s courthouse, which was already closed to the public but open for some workers, has been temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Holyoke District Court employees received an email Monday from Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey and Court Administrator of the Massachusetts Trial Court Jonathan S. Williams which said the courthouse will be temporarily closed for cleaning with a reopening date to be determined.

“As recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, those working in the courthouse should self-quarantine to monitor their health until the court reopens,” the email read. “Anyone who has concerns or experiences symptoms, should contact their health care provider.”

The Supreme Judicial Court earlier this month ordered an extension of the closure of all state courthouses to the public until at least May 4. This excludes instances when entry is required to address emergency matters that can not be completed virtually. 

On April 6, the Trial Court issued an order allowing employees and judges to be present in courthouses, “although care should be taken to ensure that only limited personnel are personally in the courthouse, consistent with need.”

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