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DeKalb Superior Court employee may have been exposed to COVID-19

The DeKalb courthouse complex will be deep-cleaned on Sunday, March 22.

DECATUR, Ga. — The clerk of the DeKalb Superior Court, Debra DeBerry was notified on Friday, March 20, of a potential exposure to COVID-19, by a member of her staff, according to officials.

All of DeBerry's staff were notified on Friday of the potential exposure and reminded to engage in enhanced hygiene.

According to a release from DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond on Saturday, March 21, the employee from the clerk's office had not been in the office after March 12.

Due to increased concerns for the public's health and safety, on Monday, March 16, the clerk's office began sanitizing both public and private offices and bathrooms in that office twice daily.

Thurmond said that on Sunday, March 22, the entire DeKalb County Courthouse complex will be closed to undergo a top-to-bottom, comprehensive, deep cleaning using hospital-grade disinfectant prior to reopening on Monday morning.

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He said that enhanced cleaning will continue each day throughout the emergency situation. Custodians are monitoring and will be sanitizing touch-points, including door handles, faucets, water fountains, soap dispensers, elevator buttons and countertops, among other areas -- using appropriate disinfectant products throughout the day.

According to Thurmond, the courthouse remains open to the public, however, only for emergency hearings and proceedings as required by Georgia state law.

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