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Pitt County criminal court reopens Friday after COVID-19 case

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 10:05 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 5:43 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - All Pitt County courts will resume on Friday after some were closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

A courthouse employee who tested positive for COVID-19 brought about the shutdown.

Court officials say after checking contacts, the health department determined that no other courthouse employees, attorneys, or the public were in contact with the worker long enough to cause concern.

Cases that were postponed the past two days will be rescheduled.

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Pitt County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Marvin Blount says that district criminal and superior criminal court is canceled Thursday due to a courthouse employee testing positive for COVID-19.

Court cases scheduled to be heard on Thursday, August 13 will be rescheduled.

The courthouse, clerk’s office, District Civil and Juvenile Court will all be open.

“We are disheartened that this virus has affected our Pitt County courthouse community,” said Judge Blount. “We are working quickly to protect the health of other personnel as well as the people that we serve and to have affected areas of the courthouse cleaned so that we can hold court again soon.”

The decision to cancel court was made in consultation with the Pitt County public health director.

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