UPDATE: County Manager Dave Pedri says the third floor of the Brominski Building, also known as Family Court, has been sanitized per PA Health Department standards and will reopen on Friday.
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Luzerne County officials are taking action to deal with coronavirus concerns at its family court building. The county manager held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
The coronavirus concern centers on a female intern that was working inside the Brominski Building also known as the family court building.
Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri held Wednesday’s news conference. He confirmed what Eyewitness News reported earlier in the day, that the intern came back to work at the courthouse on Tuesday; she worked on the third floor.
It was learned that she had spent some time recently in New Rochelle, New York, which has confirmed coronavirus cases and quarantines in place. The intern was told to leave the courthouse and county officials took the next step, contacting state health officials for advice and recommendations.
“County officials have met with the Pennsylvania Department of Health who are recommending a thorough cleaning of the elevator and the third floor, that cleaning began immediately,” said Pedri.
Pedri said the intern did not show any signs of illness and they are recommending that employees and any person who entered the building on Tuesday keep an eye out for signs of the illness.
As for the future of the courthouse, the third floor will be closed on Thursday. Employees are being told to call their supervisors to learn where they should report for work.
Anyone in the public who may have a court hearing, are being advised to reach out to the court Thursday morning to learn the status of their proceedings.