Downtown Courtroom Expected To Reopen After Possible Staph Infection

Courtroom closed for several hours Tuesday morning

A downtown courtroom is expected to reopen Wednesday morning after being closed for several hours on Tuesday morning when it was learned that a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the courtroom contracted a staph infection on her foot, according to authorities.

The bailiff has a small patch of MRSA on her foot, which is a serious strain of staph bacteria. This particular strain is highly resistant to antibiotics and is normally spread through skin-to-skin contact.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said the closure of Department 3, which handles misdemeanors, was done as a precaution. The courtroom was closed for about five hours to be sanitized.

All proceedings were moved to Department 16.

The courtroom is expected to reopen Wednesday morning as usual.

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