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Howard County District Court employee tests positive for coronavirus, first case within Maryland Judiciary

An employee of the Howard County District Court tested positive Tuesday for the new coronavirus, making it the first confirmed case of the virus within the Maryland Judiciary.

This comes as Maryland reported 61 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 349; in Howard County, the total has risen to 30. Four people have died in the state so far.

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According to a news release from the Maryland Judiciary, the last time the individual worked at the Ellicott City courthouse was March 12. The employee was tested March 17 and reported the results to a supervisor Tuesday. The case was then reported to the Howard County Health Department, the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Department of General Services.

Anyone who is likely to have come into contact with the employee is being communicated with, according to the Maryland Judiciary. Certain areas of the courthouse have been sealed and will be sanitized, the release says.

The Howard County District Court will remain closed to the public and is currently staffed with essential personnel to hear emergency matters.

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