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Baltimore County District Court in Catonsville to close after employee tests positive for the coronavirus

A temporary District Court in Catonsville will be closed Monday after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Maryland Judiciary wrote in a news release late Sunday that the courthouse in Catonsville, which opened up at 1 Rolling Cross Road Professional Park while the county’s Towson courthouse is closed for construction, will be closed Monday to allow for a deep cleaning of the facility.

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The judiciary wrote that the employee is not believed to have come into contact with members of the public and that “all employees and individuals believed to have contact with this individual have been notified.”

The agency did not name the person who tested positive, their position at the courthouse nor when the person was tested. The judiciary wrote the county and state health departments have been notified, as well as the Maryland Department of General Services.

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While the courthouse will be closed to essential court staff and the public, the commissioner’s office inside the location will remain open Monday to hear emergency petitions, the judiciary wrote.

“These emergency petitions include: protective orders, peace orders, emergency evaluation, extreme risk protective orders, and applications for statements of charges,” the judiciary wrote. “The commissioner’s office is located within the courthouse building, but it has a separate entrance for those seeking access to the commissioners.”

The courthouse is scheduled to reopen only to essential staff on Tuesday. All Maryland courts are closed to the public through June 5.

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