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Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
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An attorney for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office tested positive for COVID-19 and employees who may have come into contact with that person were required to self-quarantine for at least two weeks, the state’s attorney’s office said.
State’s attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said the attorney tested positive for the virus last week. She said their office immediately reached out to the epidemiology department at the Will County Health Department for guidance after receiving information about the possible infection and followed their direction.
“The individual who tested positive will be allowed to return to work when the employee satisfies the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines for returning to work,” Cheney said.
She said any employees within the state’s attorney’s office who may have come into “close and prolonged contact” with the attorney who tested positive for COVID-19 have been required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days from the last contact with that attorney. She said those employees are working remotely.
When asked about whether the attorney worked in one of the felony courtrooms at the Will County Courthouse, Cheney said “privacy concerns preclude further identification of the individual with the SAO’s office who tested positive for COVID-19.”
State’s Attorney James Glasgow said his office has been “vigilant in working to protect the health and safety of our employees during this pandemic.”
“We will continue to do everything we can to safeguard our dedicated and hardworking employees,” Glasgow said.