The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas has reported at least six more positive Covid-19 tests this week under the Court’s new reporting protocol. You can see details and the latest reports at https://cp.cuyahogacounty.us/court-information/covid-19-positive-tests/.
Administrative and Presiding Judge Brendan Sheehan agrees with many lawyers and court employees that the infection rate is “alarming.” Judge Sheehan goes on to put these positive tests in perspective.
“There are a few things to keep in mind: 1) outside of one case in April, we have not experienced person-to-person spread in the Justice Center. To our knowledge, all cases have come from exposure outside of the Justice Center, usually through family or friend interactions where masks were not being worn. 2) The positivity rate in Cuyahoga County for the week of October 21-27 was 6.7% of all tests performed and 1.24% overall. Using all of our reported cases, since March, the Court’s positivity rate is 3%. Looking at the cases reported just in the past week, the rate goes down even farther. 3) We continue to enforce those behaviors which we know reduce transmission: wearing masks, washing hands, and cleaning.”
The Judges of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas previously voted to suspend jury trials if Cuyahoga County reaches “purple” status, the highest level of Covid alert. That has not happened, but Judge Sheehan says they are constantly evaluating the data and the Court will issue new statements and guidelines as needed.