Covid-19 suspends multiple Jefferson County Court proceedings

The Jefferson County Court House in Bessemer. Source: Alan Collins
The Jefferson County Court House in Bessemer. Source: Alan Collins
Updated: Sep. 4, 2020 at 4:52 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Four staff members in the Jefferson County Attorney’s office have tested positive for COVID-19.

The office said today three Assistant County Attorneys and a victim advocate all tested positive today.

Those people led to another 12 Assistant County Attorneys and four other staff members being exposed. Those 16 people are all self quarantining. The local health department is working on further contact tracing at this time.

Nearly 20 percent of the staff are currently fighting the virus or in quarantine.

That has led to multiple dockets being suspended. The suspensions will be in effect through Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

The suspended dockets are heard in Courtrooms 102, 103, and 302 and run from 9 A.M. through noon and 1- 4 P.M. Monday throughFriday.

All other court business will proceed as usual.

“Anyone who isn’t taking measures to protect themselves from COVID or thinks it cannot reach their family or business is making a serious mistake,” said Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell. “It has come to our office even with consistent mask use, sanitizing, and working to stay physically distanced. I urge everyone to take all possible precautions this Labor Day and Derby weekend to limit the spread of this disease.”

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