FORSYTH COURTS COVID-19 UPDATE
In the last two weeks, three Forsyth County
Courthouse employees tested positive for COVID-19. When the first suspected case occurred, all
employees in the affected area were instructed to quarantine. The area was then
extensively cleaned and disinfected.
The Court complied with the Georgia Supreme
Court’s Fourth Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency and
followed County and CDC guidelines regarding quarantine, including directives
from Risk Management and Personnel Services. The Court also worked with the
Department of Public Health, per the Supreme Court’s order, to ensure that
contact tracing would be conducted.
The Forsyth County Superior, State and Juvenile
Courts have been taking precautions to maintain a safe environment for all
court customers, attorneys, and staff in response to COVID-19.
The Chief Judge of Superior Court has
issued orders mandating daily temperature checks and face coverings for
everyone entering the Forsyth County Courthouse and Juvenile Court. Social
distancing has been implemented and Plexiglas dividers have been installed in
each courtroom to provide additional safety for employees and court
participants. The number of individuals permitted in the courtrooms for
essential hearings has been reduced and technology has been adopted to allow
for virtual hearings for other court proceedings. Each courtroom is cleaned and
disinfected after every court calendar.
Upon entering either court building, all persons are directed to
maintain an appropriate social distance from one another in the hallways and
courtrooms, which is generally accepted to be a distance of at least six feet,
and to keep physical contact with one another to an absolute minimum.
The Forsyth County Superior, State, and Juvenile Courts are
committed to maintaining appropriate measures to limit the spread of COVID-19
and to maintain the health and safety of all who enter our court buildings.