Portsmouth courthouse to close after two deputies test positive for coronavirus

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 13:10:34-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Sheriff Michael Moore requested the Portsmouth Judicial Courthouse to be closed and cleaned after two deputies tested positive for coronavirus.

The announcement was made through a Facebook post, stating that a 'transportation Deputy' had tested positive. Officials with the courthouse learned later that another deputy had tested positive for the virus and is currently in the hospital on a ventilator. A third deputy is symptomatic and will soon be tested.

Out of an abundance of caution, the chief judges of the circuit court, general district court and juvenile and domestic relations district court have decided to close the courthouse until Monday, April 6.

This closure will allow the sheriff and other authorities to evaluate the risk, if any, by contact tracing to those folks who have been working in the courthouse.

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