WINCHESTER — The Frederick County and Winchester general district courts are closed through today due to the coronavirus.

Winchester Sheriff Les Taylor, whose office oversees security at the Joint Judicial Center at 5 N. Kent St., said on Tuesday that one court staffer was infected with COVID-19, but the employee did not work in the courtrooms. The courts, which employ about a dozen people, were closed on Monday. A sign on Tuesday at the courthouse said the courts would reopen Thursday.

General district courts in Virginia decide civil cases involving lawsuits of up to $25,000. They also decide criminal misdemeanor cases and hold preliminary hearings in felony cases. Traffic cases are also decided by the courts.

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But when it happens in a CVS, they stay open and the close contacts keep working!

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